Nicola Sturgeon Has a Successor

Humza Yousaf will succeed her as SNP leader
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 27, 2023 10:45 AM CDT
Nicola Sturgeon Has a Successor
Newly elected Scottish National Party leader Humza Yousaf speaks in Edinburgh, Scotland, on Monday.   (Andrew Milligan/PA via AP)

Nearly six weeks after Nicola Sturgeon stunned Scotland with her decision to step down as first minister, the Scottish National Party has elected her replacement: Health Secretary Humza Yousaf will take the party's reins, and is virtually assured of being elected the nation's sixth first minister in a Parliament vote on Tuesday. Yousaf, 37, will make a little history on the way, as the first Muslim to head a major party in the UK. He called the result, in which he bested Kate Forbes and Ash Regan in what the BBC describes as a "fractious" contest, the "privilege of my life." He then set his sights high: "We will be the generation to win independence for Scotland," he said. (More Humza Yousaf stories.)

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