Scotland’s ruling SNP picks Humza Yousaf to succeed Sturgeon

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The new party leader is due to be confirmed as first minister by Scottish lawmakers on Tuesday.

Published On 27 Mar 2023

Scotland’s governing party has elected Humza Yousaf as its new leader after a bruising five-week contest that exposed deep fractures within the pro-independence movement.

Yousaf will lead the Scottish National Party as a successor to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who unexpectedly stepped down last month after eight years as leader of the party and of Scotland’s semi-autonomous government.

The 37-year-old Scot of Pakistani heritage was the favourite to win the leadership race. He was recently the health secretary in charge of the crisis-hit National Health Service (NHS) during the coronavirus pandemic.

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