Humza Yousaf has won the SNP leadership contest and is set to be named as Scotland’s new first minister, replacing Nicola Sturgeon.
The explosive leadership contest was sparked following Ms Sturgeon’s shock resignation last month.
Lorna Finn, the SNP’s national secretary, stated that the total turnout in the leadership election was 70%.
Mr Yousaf’s took 24,336 (48.2%) of first preference votes. Once the second preference votes were redistributed, he had 26,032 which represented 52.1% of the vote. Kate Forbes came second with 23,890 (47.9%).
Following his win, Mr Yousaf said: “Leadership elections, by their very nature, can be bruising.
“However, in the SNP we are a family.
“Over the last five weeks we may have been competitors or supporters of different candidates.
“We are no longer team Humza, or team Ash, or team Kate, we are one team.
“We will be the team, we will be the generation, that delivers independence for Scotland.”
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The winner will now face a vote at Holyrood on Tuesday before being formally confirmed as first minister.
Any MSP from any party can also be nominated. Following brief speeches, MSPs will then vote for their preferred candidate.
In the unlikely event of the Scottish Parliament not being able to elect a first minister within 28 days, an election will be held.
despues de Ms. Sturgeon Announced her intention to step down, Health Secretary Humza Yousaf, Finance Secretary Kate Forbes and former community safety minister Ash Regan entered the race for the top job.
The leadership contest featured rows over religious beliefsarguments about the collection of past eventsand widespread criticism of secrecy surrounding the vote.
The contest also led to a number of other resignations, including that of Ms Sturgeon’s husband Peter Murrell as SNP chief executive.
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The new first minister will face a number of difficult challenges as they take office.
Key priorities will include defining a clear plan for independence, how to progress with the controversial gender recognition reforms, tackling the country’s drug-deaths shame, alleviating the cost of living crisis, and turning the NHS around.
Mr Yousaf said: “I feel like the luckiest man in the world to be standing here as leader of the SNP. A party I joined almost 20 years and that I love so dearly.”