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First Minister Paul Givan to announce resignation – reports

Paul Givan

The DUP is expected to release a statement later today (Thursday) announcing the resignation of First Minister Paul Givan, according to BBC’s Radio Ulster’s Nolan Show.

Due to Northern Ireland’s power-sharing arrangements, the move see Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill forced to give up her position as the roles of first and deputy first ministers are a joint office.

There are scant details at present and there is little clarity as to whether the move would be immediate or at a later date.

There has been no official statement from Mr Givan’s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), however, it is expected in the afternoon.

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