Humza Yousaf elected Scotland's First Minister
Humza Yousaf has been selected as Scotland’s new First Minister in a vote by MSPs at the Scottish Parliament.
The 37-year-old succeeds Nicola Sturgeon, who formally tendered her resignation to the King on Tuesday morning after announcing her intention to stand down last month after more than eight years in the post.
The SNP leader is the youngest ever First Minister and the first from a minority ethnic background.
Mr Yousaf’s election at Holyrood comes after he won the SNP leadership contest on Monday, beating closest rival Kate Forbes with 52 per cent of votes compared with her 48 per cent, when second preferences were included.
Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross, Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar and Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton all stood against Mr Yousaf for the position of First Minister in the Holyrood vote but failed to secure enough support.
Mr Yousaf won the votes of 71 fellow MSPs, with members of the SNP and Greens backing his candidacy for First Minister of Scotland.
The 31 Tory MSPs voted for Mr Ross while the 22-strong Labour contingent voted for Mr Sarwar. The four Lib Dem MSPs backed their leader, Mr Cole-Hamilton.
During his speech before the vote, Mr Yousaf said there was "no doubt at all that Nicola Sturgeon leaves some very big shoes to fill indeed".
Mr Yousaf said that from speaking to people during the SNP leadership contest he knows many people are "feeling the significant pressures of the cost-of-living crisis".
He vowed to lead Scotland "through the tough times" but said he also believed people were "optimistic" and "ambitious" about Scotland's future.
The Glasgow Pollok MSP will now officially be sworn in as First Minister at the Court of Session in Edinburgh on Wednesday.