الاثنين، 9 يناير، 2017
Martin McGuinness resigns as NI deputy first minister
Media captionWatch Martin McGuinness" resignation statement in full Martin McGuinness has said he is resigning as Northern Ireland"s deputy first minister in protest against the handling of a botched energy scheme that could cost taxpayers £490m.
The Sinn Féin MLA"s resignation will take effect from 17:00 GMT.
He cited the Democratic Unionist Party"s (DUP) conduct over the scandal surrounding the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme as the reason.
His decision to quit is likely to lead to a snap election.
Live coverage: McGuinness quits Profile: A decade as deputy first minister Q&A: What is the RHI scheme? Timeline: Botched heating scheme scandal BBC News NI reports on the RHI scheme He said First Minister Arlene Foster has a “clear conflict of interest” in the RHI scandal and her position is “not credible or tenable”.
“Today is the right time to call a halt to the DUP"s arrogance.”
Image copyright PA Image caption Arlene Foster has repeatedly refused to r..