A Northern Ireland Assembly election will “definitely happen” after a deadline to restore the devolved government passed.
Northern Ireland Secretary Chris Heaton-Harris is expected to call the Stormont election on Friday, 28 October, after the assembly failed to elect a new speaker.
The DUP has a six-month legislative timeframe to form an administration after blocking the restoration of powersharing as part of its protest against the post-Brexit Northern Ireland Protocol.
"I am extremely disappointed that the Executive has not reformed. The people of Northern Ireland deserve a fully-functioning devolved government," Mr Heaton-Harris said.
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