On Wednesday, the Prime Minister of Northern Ireland and the leader of the Democratic Unionist Party submitted their resignations. Arlene Foster faced harsh criticism within the ultra-conservative Party for several weeks, particularly because of the way she ran Brexit negotiations with the United Kingdom government.
Among the national and local lawmakers, more than 20 DUP leaders signed a letter Tuesday demanding the appointment of a motion of no confidence in the party leadership.
Foster confirmed after that Wednesday this Wednesday that he would leave the venue. Nevertheless, he will remain in the leadership of the Democratic Unionist Party until May 28 and in command of the Executive Power-Sharing (with Sinn Fein) until the end of June.
Arlene Foster joined the leadership of the Democratic Unionist Party in December 2015 and the government of Northern Ireland the following month.
In a joint statement on social networks, the union leader stressed the importance of her arrival at the summit of Northern Ireland policy to change mindsets regarding female leaders in the region, but expressed her regret for the constant attacks she and all women are subjected to when entering public life.
“My election as president of the Democratic Unionist Party eliminated prejudice and I am happy to have inspired other women to enter politics and run for public office,” Foster said.
“I am aware of the anti-women criticisms that female public figures must face, and unfortunately, this is the reality for all women in public life. But I want to encourage them to continue and not allow indiscriminate killing. Online Mobilize them. “