Martin McGuinness, Northern Ireland’s Deputy First minister has resigned in protest against the handling of a botched energy scheme that could cost taxpayers £490m.
He cited the Democratic Unionist Party’s (DUP) conduct over the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme scandal as the main reason.
Under power-sharing procedures, First Minister Arlene Foster can no long continue in her role without Mr. McGuinness. He said he was leaving the post because of a refusal by the first minister, Arlene Foster, to stand down temporarily from her job.
His decision to quit is likely to lead to a snap assembly election.
In his resignation letter, McGuinness said: “The first minister has refused to stand aside, without prejudice, pending a preliminary report from an investigation. That position is not credible or tenable.”
“It is with deep regret and reluctance that I am tendering my resignation as deputy first minister with effect from 5pm on Monday, 9th January 2017.”