Peter Robinson agrees to step down temporarily
Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson has agreed to step aside from his post for an indefinite period so that a scandal surrounding his wife can be clarified, the devolved parliament in Belfast was told Monday, DPA reported.
Speaker William Hay made the announcement shortly before Robinson, 61, was due to address the parliament on the issue. Sources said Robinson would suspend his post for a maximum of six weeks.
The Protestant leader of the power-sharing government had been drawn in to a scandal over the private life and financial dealings of his wife, Iris.