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People Before Profit's Eamonn McCann calls for an election over RHI scandal

People Before Profit held rallies calling for Arlene Foster's resignation last Friday. Picture by Mal McCann

People Before Profit assembly member Eamonn McCann has called for an election following this morning's events in the Assembly.

The Foyle assembly member said the executive is "in limbo" and the assembly "in procedural la-la land".

"The only move that now makes sense is to call fresh elections," he added.

He was speaking after first minister Arlene Foster addressed the assembly about the botched Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) which has left the Northern Ireland taxpayer facing an overspend bill of an estimated £400 million.

In unprecedented scenes, the first minister was faced with rows of empty benches as assembly members from other parties had staged a walk out.

Mr McCann said the executive has lost the confidence of the electorate "and people are outraged".

"The people of the north should now have the chance to register this disgust at the ballot box.”

He added: “It's not just Arlene Foster and the DUP whose credentials must be judged by the people, it is the whole set up based on striking a balance between orange and green.''

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