Humza Yousaf leads Ramadan prayers on first night at Bute House

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The first family of Scotland break fast together with iftar, which is eaten during Ramadan
The first family of Scotland break fast together with iftar, which is eaten during Ramadan

Humza Yousaf led Ramadan prayers with his family on his first night in the Scottish First Minister's official residence.

The 37-year-old tweeted a picture of himself with his wife, step-daughter, daughter and parents in Bute House, a Georgian townhouse in Edinburgh.

A second image he posted showed him leading prayers after iftar, the fast-breaking evening meal eaten by Muslims during the month of Ramadan.

The new Scottish First Minister tweeted:

However, it was not known whether he managed to watch any of the Scotland football team's shock 2-0 victory over Spain at Hampden.

He did tweet about the match, posting:

Mr Yousaf, the Glasgow Pollok MSP, is an avid Celtic fan.

His first night at Bute House came hours after the Scottish Parliament elected him the new First Minister. He is thought to be the first Muslim leader of a national government in any Western democracy.

Earlier on Tuesday, Nicola Sturgeon tendered her resignation as first minister to the King and left the official residence for the final time.

On Wednesday, at the Court of Session the Lord President, Lord Carloway, administered the oath of office before another declaration to Mr Yousaf as Keeper of the Scottish Seal.

Humza Yousaf leads his family in prayer after iftar
Humza Yousaf leads his family in prayer after iftar

Lord Carloway told the new First Minister a "successful democratic system" must be governed by the rule of law and can only exist "if the Government affords adequate protection to the judiciary from unwarranted attack".

The seal allows the monarch to authorise official documents without having to sign each one.

As Keeper of the Scottish Seal, Mr Yousaf will have the authority to make decisions on behalf of the Crown, which effectively means the First Minister can lead the country with the support of the Scottish Parliament.

Finally, the Lord President administered the declaration of allegiance to the King, although Mr Yousaf is a self-professed republican.