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Jeffrey Donaldson confirmed as new DUP leader

Jeffrey Donaldson is to be nominated as the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader after he was the only candidate to be nominated.

Donaldson is the third leader of the party in a matter of weeks, after the resignation of Arlene Foster and Edwin Poots after just a few weeks in office.

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Edwin Poots became DUP leader one month ago, but after pushing ahead with nominating a First Minister of Northern Ireland against the wishes of a majority of the DUP, he was forced to step down.

“The last number of weeks has been difficult for the party and mistakes have been made. Now is the time to move forward in a spirit of humility and mindful that our focus must be on serving the people whom we represent,” DUP chairman Maurice Morrow said.

Jeffrey Donaldson will be ratified as DUP leader on Saturday.

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Yesterday, Donaldson confirmed that he will be seeking the position, claiming he will put his opposition to the Northern Ireland protocol at the top of his priorities.

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