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New NI First Minister named

Jun 8, 2021 12:06 By News Northern Sound
New NI First Minister named New NI First Minister named
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Edwin Poots will this afternoon reveal who his new ministerial line up will be.

Paul Givan is to be the DUP's choice for First Minister of Northern Ireland.

An official announcement is expected at some point this week.

Mr Givan's nomination will then have to come before the Stormont Assembly for ratification.

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DUP leader Edwin Poots has been revealing his ministerial line up for the Stormont Executive.

Paul Frew will become Economy Minister, while Michelle McIlveen will take over as Education Minister.

The outgoing Education Minister Peter Weir says in the balance of appointments, it is sad there is little sign of healing or reaching out.

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The roles will be designate at this stage, with the appointments post-dated to take effect later.

Current first minister Arlene Foster previously indicated that she will stand down when Mr Poots names a new ministerial team.

But Mr Poots says she will remain in the role - to lead a British-Irish council meeting in her home constituency of Fermanagh on Friday.

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