Edwin Poots declared new DUP leader | News - Cool FM

14 Mai, 2021, 22:26 | Auteur: Christine Menetries
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She will also step down as Northern Ireland's First Minister at the end of June.

Edwin Poots has been elected as the new leader of the Democratic Unionist Party.

Agriculture Minister Edwin Poots and Lagan Valley MP Jeffrey Donaldson are bidding to succeed Arlene Foster.

The choice for Poots was made by the 36 party members elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly (MLAs) and House of Commons (MPs).

"The Northern Ireland protocol has proven to be a massive challenge for us and if we are to fight this, to ensure that everybody in Northern Ireland is not worse off as a effect of the protocol then it is for us to do that together", Poots said after being elected.

He said: "The opportunities for us to make Northern Ireland a great place after this hundred years has passed and we move into a new hundred years are enormous".

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Speaking briefly to the media as she left party headquarters after casting her ballot, Mrs Foster said: "I voted for the person who will bring the Democratic Unionist Party forward and I think that's very obvious".

Reacting to his election, Poots, who recently underwent cancer surgery, said: "It is an huge honour and pleasure to stand here today in this position, it is not a position that I expected to be in some weeks ago".

Speaking before the results were announced, Strangford MP Jim Shannon said he was supporting Sir Jeffrey as next DUP leader. "I will be a leader in unionism who will be reaching out to other leaders in unionism". "That's a very important decision and I know he would be immensely proud of that today".

He is one of a number of DUP ministers who have protested against the Brexit arrangements by refusing to attend meetings with Irish counterparts established under the 1998 peace deal that ended 30 years of violence in Northern Ireland.

There were no public leadership hustings as part of the contest but both candidates circulated a manifesto to their voting colleagues of what they hoped to achieve.

Party officers insisted the contest should be confined to internal campaigning among the electoral college.

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