Leaders of five parties in the Northern Executive will participate in the discussion in the meeting of the Party Leaders Forum on Thursday.
new leader of dup Edwin Poots, said the meeting “could provide a useful opportunity to ensure that there is a smooth transition to changes within the executive team.”
Mr Poots, who was approved as party leader after an acrimonious meeting last week, has so far refused to name his new ministerial team, saying instead that he would do so when he Will be ready and the refusal to delay is due to a split within the DUP.
However there is concern that the ministerial change – and the appointment of a new first minister – could lead to political tensions and potentially lead to a crisis that could threaten the stability of power-sharing institutions.
Minister of Justice of the North, naomi long, warned on Wednesday that “any change” storemont clearly create opportunities for volatility” and told the BBC that there was an opportunity “to see volatility within the DUP reflected in volatility across institutions.
“We still haven’t got a new First Minister appointed. This is another opportunity for instability and I think we are all just waiting to see what is going to happen,” she said.
Under the power-sharing rules in force at Stormont, the deputy first minister, Michelle O’Neill, would be terminated even after the outgoing first minister had succeeded, Arlene Foster, resigns.
Ms Foster has indicated that she will step down as soon as Mr Poots has nominated her new team, starting a seven-day countdown for both parties to renominate their candidate for each position. .
If either party refuses to nominate, the assembly cannot be constituted, leading to early elections.
There has been speculation that Sinn Féin may try to use the process to obtain assurances from the DUP around sticking points such as the implementation of the Irish language law.
On Wednesday Mr Poots said the Party Leaders Forum meeting was an “opportunity” to “reaffirm the commitments” made in the new decade, the new approach. [NDNA]The deal that restored the North’s power-sharing gathering in 2020 “reaffirms our commitment to the principles of power-sharing and cross-community security to govern political institutions on the basis of good faith, trust and mutual respect” that is contained in Belfast a settlement.”
The Forum was created as part of the NDNA Agreement to improve cooperation and partnership and strengthen the stability of the political institutions of the North.
Communities Minister of the North on Wednesday, deidre harge, after the party’s junior minister accused the DUP of “unacceptable and regressive behaviour”, gordon lyonsdid not participate in a scheduled north-south meeting on language issues.
The DUP has boycotted several cross-border meetings as part of its campaign in recent months. Northern Ireland Make a draft
The meeting did not proceed because, under Stormont rules, any meeting with the government involving a nationalist executive minister must also include a federalist counterpart.
“As planned, I was available and prepared to chair a North South ministerial meeting on language with Minister Jack Chambers TD,” said Ms Harge.
“It is completely unacceptable that government business is being disrupted by DUP ministers who have failed to attend these meetings where First Minister Arlene Foster has failed to nominate a replacement by her number.
This is the second time the DUP has failed to participate in a language regional meeting and this continued boycott is unacceptable, pointless and cannot continue.
“North-South ministerial meetings are an integral part of the executive and assembly as well as the political institutions of the Good Friday Agreement. He needs to work properly with ministers from all parties,” said Ms Hargi.
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