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Humza Yousaf quits as Scotland's First Minister after no-confidence plans

Leader of Scottish National Party will continue as first minister until his replacement is found

By Web Desk
April 29, 2024
Humza Yousaf is no longer Scotlands first minister. — AFP
Humza Yousaf is no longer Scotland's first minister. — AFP

Humza Yousaf, leader of Scottish National Party, resigns following the crumbling of his power-sharing deal with the country's Green Party and igniting a search for a new person to take his place as the new first minister.

After ending a power-sharing deal with the Scottish Greens last week, he said that he had “underestimated” the level of hurt, according to BBC.

Humza Yousaf says that he will continue his position as the first minister until the SNP chooses his replacement. he resigned after facing a no-confidence motion on Monday.

Notably, in the Scottish Parliament, opposition parties have tabled two confidence votes. One in the first minister while another is in the SNP government.

During a recent speech, Yousaf pays a heat-touching tribute to his family.

"I am in absolute debt to my wonderful wife, my beautiful children and my wider family for putting up with me over the years," he says.

He jokes: "I'm afraid you'll be seeing a lot more of me from now.”

"You are truly everything to me," he adds.

Additionally, he said that politicians are "often maligned", adding that he "truly believes we that once we get it right, and we often do, we are a force for good" while describing the "brutal business" of politics.

Before "genuinely" wishing his opponents well, he added that politics can take a toll on both “physical and mental health”.

Moreover, while addressing his SNP "family", Yousaf says: "I will always be with you, campaign alongside you."

Though, there have been some setbacks, the fight "must continue", he acknowledged.