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Watch: Emotional Martin McGuinness tells Derry rally 'My heart lies in the Bogside'

By Claire Williamson

A visibly emotional Martin McGuinness addressed crowds in his native Bogside following his announcement that he would not seek re-election to the Northern Ireland Assembly.

The Sinn Fein veteran who resigned last week as Deputy First Minister after holding the position since 2007, has suffered ill health of late.

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Mr McGuinness said it was initially his intention to stand down in May but that his health and the current political crisis had "overtaken the timeframe".

He said that he was not "physically able" to continue in his current role.

Speaking to a rally in the Bogside area Mr McGuinness teared up.

He said: "The question I had to ask myself: was I physically able or capable of fighting an intensive five, six week election in the current state that I’m in?

"And the answer to that was no, so the only fair thing to do, which I have done today, is to make it clear that I won’t unfortunately, even though it breaks my heart, have an opportunity to again ask the people of Foyle to support me in what will be a critical election, to strengthen the Sinn Fein mandate.

He added: "My heart lies in the Bogside and with the people of Derry."

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