Lagan Valley MLA Trevor Lunn said: “Paisley’s announcement has left a dangerous vacuum in the Executive. He is a lame duck First Minister and the Executive will be left totally directionless for a long time until a successor is put in place.
“This is a very high risk strategy from the DUP and I hope that this power vacuum will not destabilise the Executive.
“The DUP have a lot of work to do to show that this administration is built on solid foundations. They must also prove that they can deliver for local people, because this Executive’s record so far has been very poor.
“There is much uncertainty at the head of the Executive now, and the DUP needs to address this problem quickly before it becomes a crisis.”