Lagan Valley assembly member Paul Givan has been announced as the DUP’s nominee to be NI’s new first minister.
Mr Givan would replace Arlene Foster, who was ousted as Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader in April after an internal revolt.
Edwin Poots, Stormont’s agriculture minister, replaced her as DUP leader amid tensions within the party.
A number of DUP members have quit over concerns about the party’s direction since Mr Poots’ election last month.
Mr Givan had been widely tipped to replace Mrs Foster.
He was first co-opted to the Northern Ireland Assembly in 2010 and, aged 39, he will be Northern Ireland’s youngest first minister.