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DUP leader nominates NI First Minister despite concerns within own party

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DUP leader Edwin Poots has formally nominated Lagan Valley MLA Paul Givan as Northern Ireland’s new First Minister at a special sitting of the Stormont Assembly.

The nomination comes after the DUP and Sinn Fein agreed that the British government will legislate on the contentious issues around Irish language use.

Arguments over the promised legislation had threatened to prevent attempts to resume business at Stormont.