Alliance Party leader Naomi Long called the DUP announcement “frustrating”.
“It is enormously frustrating, as members of society, that we are not going to have a formed government, that we are not even going to have an Assembly where basic things can be done, such as scrutinizing the ministers who are still in office… It is a incredibly frustrating position we find ourselves in,” he told BBC Radio Ulster.
Ms Long said the DUP had “considerably fewer votes” than the other parties combined who were in favor of returning to government, PA reports.
He also warned DUP leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson not to “overdo it” in negotiations with the UK government over the Northern Ireland Protocol.
“When you play with fire, you get burned. We saw this with Brexit, where the DUP had an influence: they overreacted and ended the mess we’re in now and now they’re asking us all to fix it.” ,” she said.
“They are playing with fire again, because Northern Ireland’s institutions cannot survive the way they are being abused.
“The people who most need these institutions and who need stability in Northern Ireland are the unionists, so I would warn Sir Jeffrey not to assume that, at another election, there will be partners willing to go into government further or else In fact, people willing to fight an additional choice.
“We just had an election. It is up to all of us to accept the outcome and make it work. That is our job as politicians.
“I think the DUP is playing a very dangerous game with the institutions and with the future of Northern Ireland.”