Edwin Poots stepped down as secretary of the Northern Ireland Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) just 21 days after taking office, over internal party riots. Poots was widely criticized by his party for striking a deal with the British government and Sinn Féin – the Northern Irish nationalist and independence party of the ruling coalition – to have DUP member Paul Givan appointed prime minister, while the party majority would have preferred to wait. Poots has made it known that he will remain the leader of the DUP until a replacement is chosen.
Before being appointed leader of the DUP Poots was the Minister of Agriculture of Northern Ireland, which despite being part of the United Kingdom has its own government and parliament (Assembly) dealing with local affairs. He was chosen to replace Arlene Foster, who was both party leader and former minister and announced her resignation from both posts in April. Givan was chosen for the role of prime minister, who took office on Monday 14 June.
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