Edwin Poots leaves the DUP party headquarters in Belfast (Picture: AFP via Getty)

Edwin Poots is set to stand down as DUP leader after less than a month in the job following an internal revolt against him.

In a statement he said: ‘I have asked the party chairman to commence an electoral process within the party to allow for a new leader of the Democratic Unionist Party to be elected.

‘The party has asked me to remain in post until my successor is elected.

‘This has been a difficult period for the party and the country and I have conveyed to the chairman my determination to do everything I can to ensure both unionism and Northern Ireland is able to move forward to a stronger place.’

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