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Robinson to bow out of politics in New Year

Liam Clarke

Published 19/11/2015 | 02:30

First Minister Peter Robinson (right) speaks alongside Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness
First Minister Peter Robinson (right) speaks alongside Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness

Peter Robinson will step down as the North's First Minister in the New Year.

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The dramatic announcement came just 24 hours after the DUP leader reached an agreement with Sinn Féin and the Irish and British governments to save the powersharing administration.

Mr Robinson (66), who suffered a heart attack in May, denied that he was bowing out of politics for health reasons, but admitted that there are "massive pressures on anybody in this job".

Arlene Foster, who has served as acting First Minister following the political crisis in the wake of the murder of Kevin McGuigan, is now likely to succeed Mr Robinson.

He said he "very much takes the two-term view of politics at the top" and that the time was right for him to stand down.

Irish Independent

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