Born In: Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland
Arlene Foster is a Northern Irish politician, a former leader of the 'Democratic Unionist Party,' and the current first minister of her country (since January 2020). She has earlier served as the first minister of her country (from January 2016 to January 2017), along with deputy first minister Martin McGuinness, who resigned after the 'Renewable Heat Incentive' (RHI) scandal surfaced. According to the power-sharing agreement of her country, Foster was called to step down. She began her political career since her days at 'Queen's University.' She was a member of the 'Ulster Young Unionist Council' back then. Foster resigned from the ‘Ulster Unionist Party’ (UUP) in 2003. She joined the 'Democratic Unionist Party' (DUP) the following year and successfully ran for the seat of the councilor of the ‘Fermanagh District Council.’ Foster filled in the vacated position of the first minister in 2010. Foster also served in the ‘Northern Ireland Executive,’ as the minister of the environment (2007–2008), the minister for enterprise and investment (2008–2015), and the minister for finance and personnel (2015–2016).
Also Known As: Arlene Isabel Foster
Spouse/Ex-: Brian Foster
father: John Kelly
mother: Georgina Kelly J
siblings: David Kelly, Julie Foster, Linda Kelly
children: Ben Foster
Born Country: Northern Ireland
education: Enniskillen Royal Grammar School (1982–1989), Queen's University Belfast
Arlene Foster was an elected 'Ulster Unionist' in the 2003 assembly elections. She also became a member of the ''baby barristers,'' the ‘UUP's right-wing faction, and opposed party leader David Trimble and his decision to support the 'Belfast Agreement.'
On January 11, 2010, Arlene Foster officially replaced the first minister of Northern Ireland, Peter Robinson, who had temporarily stepped down for 6 weeks. However, he returned on February 3, 2010, before his planned sabbatical ended.
Arlene Foster was re-elected as the first minister on January 11, 2020.
In June 2012, Arlene Foster criticized a documentary shown by the 'Co-operative Group.' She argued that the documentary presented a partial approach toward the debate over hydraulic fracturing and that the group supported it, contrary to its claims of being ethically strict.
In her tenure as the first minister, Arlene Foster supported conservative social issues and the government in Westminster, which made her a menace to her left-wing critics.
Arlene Foster is married to Brian Foster and has three children: Sarah, George, and Ben.
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