Britain’s Northern Ireland Secretary resigned from his post over ill-health

Vastavam web: Britain’s Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire resigned from his post today due to ill- health, nearly a year to the day since the collapse of the once-troubled province’s semi-autonomous government.Brokenshire resigned in a letter to Prime Minister Theresa May saying he needed surgery, on the same day the premier plans a wider reshuffle of her cabinet.Brokenshire, 50, has hosted repeated unsuccessful negotiations between republicans Sinn Fein and the Democratic Unionist Party to form a power-sharing executive in British- ruled Northern Ireland.

Following the breakdown of talks, the province is on the brink of direct rule by civil servants in London who have already been managing its budget.The administration collapsed in January last year after Sinn Fein pulled out over a scandal involving a renewable energy funding scheme.The government was set up as a result of the 1998 Good Friday agreement, which brought to an end three decades of mostly sectarian conflict in Northern Ireland that claimed the lives of 3,500 people.Tensions have been raised further after the DUP struck a power deal with May’s ruling Conservatives after a general election in June, in which she lost her parliamentary majority.