>> Martin McGuinness may be gone, but Northern Ireland's political crisis isn't. The resignation of Northern Ireland's deputy leader, has all but collapsed the province's government. The UK sector state for Northern Ireland describing the situation as grave. Reuter's Chief Ireland correspondent, Padraic Halpin, says early elections are likely. And that could be just the start of it.
>> Cuz what's key here is that this could take a number of months to solve and get the political project back on track. And it's at a particularly sensitive time, because practicing negotiations are expected to start at the end of March. And there are obviously huge implications for Northern Ireland on that.
>> McGuinness resigned Monday. That's in protest at first minister Arlene Foster's refusal to step aside during a probe into her controversial green energy scheme. Now, Sinn Fein said they wont nominate a replacement for McGuinness. Meaning the power-sharing government will cease to function in just six days. Getting things back on track wont be easy.
>> This isn't simply gonna be solved with an elections. Alternatively if an election in a week's time, I particularly think that they've upset it. It wouldn't be a return to the status quo whether they want to see negotiations around how power sharing works.>> That may even mean renegotiating parts of the 1998 Good Friday peace agreement.
What began as a green energy scandal may end up fueling political paralysis.>> So I believe today