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ulster unionist leader mike nesbitt is to resign

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ulster unionist leader mike nesbitt is to resign

image copyrightpacemakerimage caption walking away: mike nesbitt is to stand down as leader of the ulster unionist party ulster unionist leader mike nesbitt is to resign - the first major casualty of the northern ireland assembly election."the buck stops here," he said, announcing his decision as the count continued and shortly after he won his seat at the strangford count.sinn féin has increased its vote in the poll, while the dup has largely held its place.mr nesbitt said the electorate had rejected his message and he had to take responsibility for what happened.the turnout for the election is the highest since the vote which followed the 1998 good friday agreement. a total of 64.8% of the electorate voted - up 10 points on last year - beating the 2003 figure by 0.8%.so far 59 out of 90 seats have been confirmed. former first minister and dup leader arlene foster, sinn féin's northern leader michelle o'neill, alliance party leader naomi long, sdlp leader colum eastwood and the ulster unionist leader are among those elected.image copyrightniall carsonimage caption michelle o'neill, sinn féin's northern leader, celebrates winning her seat there was shock when four former ministers - two from the dup, one from the sdlp and one from the ulster unionist party - lost their seats.image copyrightpaimage caption dup leader arlene foster is re-elected in fermanagh and south tyrone the first big shock came when alex attwood, sdlp, lost his seat in belf...