Jeffrey Donaldson, leader of the Democratic Unionist Party and one of Northern Ireland’s most prominent and influential politicians, resigned his leadership of the party on Friday, after being charged with “historical” sex offenses.

The resignation, which sent shock waves through Northern Irish politics, was announced in a statement from the D.U.P., which said it was also suspending Mr. Donaldson as a party member pending a judicial process.

The party said that it had received a letter…

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