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Summary

  1. Welsh Assembly members fail to elect a first minister after a tied vote between Labour's Carwyn Jones and Plaid Cymru's Leanne Wood
  2. Plaid Cymru's Elin Jones is elected presiding officer
  3. Ann Jones, of Labour, is elected deputy presiding officer

Live Reporting

By Alun Jones and Nia Harri

All times stated are UK

  1. Hwyl

    That brings Senedd Live's coverage of the extraordinary first day of the Fifth Assembly to a close.

    We'll be back whenever the Assembly is reconvened.

    Senedd
  2. Analysis by Nick Servini, BBC Wales political editor

    Nick Servini

    Political editor, Wales

    This is about Plaid Cymru flexing its muscles and sending out a signal, following the accusations that Labour had had it easy in the previous five years in the assembly.

    Labour say it is a stunt, with Plaid Cymru doing deals with the Conservatives and UKIP.

    Plaid's riposte is that Labour have been arrogant in the run up to Wednesday's events, with Carwyn Jones offering nothing clear on his plans for government.

    Labour AMs have been walking around with faces like thunder and although one Plaid Cymru AM has said it was not about giving them "a bloody nose", it has created bad blood.

    What next?

    Well, they'll return next week for another vote knowing that AMs have 28 days to decide on a first minister - that's 28 days from the day of the election, which would take us to 2 June.

    If there is no agreement the secretary of state for Wales can call a fresh election.

  3. 'Labour had no divine right' to first minister role

    Statement by the Welsh Conservative Leader

    The Conservatives have 11 AMs, losing three AMs in Cardiff Bay on 5 May.

    Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies says:

    Quote Message: Last week, less than 16% of voters backed the status quo and another five years of Labour. Having seen their share of the vote drop by 8%, many voters across Wales moved away from Labour last week and, crucially, the Party did not win a majority at the 2016 election. As such, Labour had no divine right to assume the First Ministership today. It is for new Assembly Members to explore, and discuss, the best way forward for the Welsh nation, which has for too long fallen behind the rest of the UK. Certainly, I sense an appetite for a new kind of collaborative Welsh politics, and would welcome further discussions to build on those which led to today's vote. Our ambitious manifesto was packed full of ideas we believe could make a difference to people across the country. As we analyse the impact of the new election results on Wales, Welsh Conservatives remain steadfastly committed to delivering for communities across the country.”
  4. Deciding on a First Minister - timeframe

    AMs have 28 days to decide on a First Minister - that's 28 days from the day of the election, which would take us to June 2nd. 

    If there is no agreement the Secretary of Sate for Wales can call a fresh election. 

    Despite losing one seat at the assembly election, Mr Jones had said he expected to form a minority Labour government with 29 of the assembly's 60 members.  

  5. Meeting adjourned

    The Presiding Officer Elin Jones adjourns the Senedd meeting to a later date, saying reopening nominations for First Minister now would bring the same result.

  6. What next?

    The AMs are returning to the Chamber.

  7. Statement by Plaid Cymru group in the Assembly

    On May 5th, Wales chose not to elect one single party to govern Wales with a majority. As is the convention, the biggest party were given an opportunity to reach an agreement on forming a government which could lead Wales with the support of the majority of members in the National Assembly. 

    They took the decision not to pursue that option, and were not prepared to give the process of negotiation any further time. 

    As a result, the Plaid Cymru group followed normal Parliamentary protocol and nominated Leanne Wood for First Minister. Carwyn Jones was informed of this decision yesterday. 

    Since that time, and as far as Plaid Cymru is aware, there have been no formal discussions, agreements or deals pursued between any party. 

    This afternoon, the Assembly failed to reach agreement on who should become First Minister and form the next government. It is now for the parties to discuss this matter further in order to seek the best outcome for Wales.   

  8. Carwyn Jones after the roll-call vote

    Carwyn Jones after the roll-call vote
  9. Vote for First Minister tied 29-29

    The vote for First Minister was tied 29-29, and the Presiding Officer says plenary is postponed.   

    So Mr Jones fails to be elected first minister, but will continue to act as FM while he seeks allies.  

    The Conservatives and UKIP supported moves by Plaid Cymru to give the job to Plaid leader Leanne Wood instead. 

    Carwyn Jones/Leanne Wood
  10. Kirsty Williams votes for Carwyn Jones

    The only Liberal Democrat, Kirsty Williams, votes for Carwyn Jones.

    The Lib Dems issue a statement in which Kirsty Williams says: "I was not re-elected into the National Assembly to support a ragtag coalition made up of UKIP Assembly Members who at the moment can't even agree with each other".

  11. Voting by alphabetical order

    AMs are voting for FM in roll call by alphabetical order, so the last two names are, crucially, Kirsty Williams and Leanne Wood.  

  12. Nominations for the post of First Minister

    Carwyn Jones and Leanne Wood are nominated for the post of First Minister.

  13. Deputy Presiding Officer elected

    Ann Jones has been elected as the Deputy Presiding Officer. 

    John Griffiths had 29 votes while Ann Jones had 30 votes  

    Ann Jones
    Image caption: Ann Jones