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Scotland’s First Minister Resigns

Humza Yousaf

Scotland’s First Minister, Humza Yousaf, has resigned following his decision to end the power-sharing agreement with the Scottish Greens political party, which led to oncoming votes of no confidence against him.

Yousaf announced his departure on Monday during a press conference at Bute House in Edinburgh, stating that a fresh leader was needed to mend the nation’s political rifts.

After spending the weekend reflecting on what is best for my party, the government and the country I lead, I’ve concluded that repairing our relationship across the political divide can only be done with someone else at the helm,” Yousaf said.

The Scottish Conservatives had scheduled a vote of no confidence in Yousaf for later in the week, and Scottish Labour had planned a similar vote against the government itself.

Yousaf admitted to underestimating the fallout from terminating the power-sharing arrangement.

Unfortunately, in ending the Bute House Agreement in the manner I did, I underestimated the hurt and upset that caused Green colleagues, he said.

He added that trust is “clearly fundamental” for a minority government to be able to “govern effectively.”

Yousaf, who has led Scotland for over a year, will remain in office until his party selects a successor. He said he would not compromise his principles to retain power.

The outgoing First Minister also expressed deep gratitude towards his family for their support throughout his political career.

You are truly everything to me, Yousaf declared.

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