New DUP leader Edwin Poots has resigned.
The news was confirmed tonight (Thursday), in a statement.
Mr Poots had only been in the role for three weeks, taking over the reins from Arlene Foster.
The announcement came on a day when the DUP’s Paul Givan was nominated to take over as First Minister of Northern Ireland.
Speaking this evening Mr Poots said: “I have asked the Party Chairman to commence an electoral process within the Party to allow for a new leader of the Democratic Unionist Party to be elected.
“The Party has asked me to remain in post until my successor is elected.
“This has been a difficult period for the Party and the country and I have conveyed to the Chairman my determination to do everything I can to ensure both Unionism and Northern Ireland is able to move forward to a stronger place.”