‘Martin McGuinness will not stand in election – BBC News’

Martin McGuinness, former IRA leader turned peacemaker, has confirmed he will not stand in the Northern Ireland Assembly election. He quit as deputy first minister in a row over a botched green energy scheme, sparking an election on 2 March.

He had been in the post since entering NI’s power-sharing assembly in 2007 with ex-political enemy Ian Paisley.

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