Source Pravda.Ru

David Trimble did "not wish to continue as leader"


Nobel peace prize laureate &to=http:// ' target=_blank>David Trimble said he would step down as Ulster Unionist Party leader after losing his seat in the &to=http:// ' target=_blank>British Parliament.

Trimble, 60, told senior party colleagues on Saturday he did "not wish to continue as leader," according to a statement issued by the UUP in Belfast.

It was not clear when his resignation would take effect or when a successor would be chosen. Trimble is expected to hold a press conference Monday.

Trimble, a key Protestant political backer of the province's halting peace process, lost his Upper Bann seat in the Westminster Parliament in Thursday's election, reports CBC News.