Scotland set to elect first Muslim PM, Humza Yousaf

Humza Yousaf
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AMMAN Humza Yousaf was elected head of the Scottish National Party on Monday, setting him up to replace Nicola Sturgeon as First Minister of Scotland if he receives Parliament’s nomination on Tuesday, international news outlets reported. اضافة اعلان

Yousaf, whose father emigrated to Glasgow from Pakistan and whose mother was born in Kenya, is the first Muslim and non-white cabinet minister to have served in the Scottish Government. He has served in various government roles since 2012 and currently works as Scotland’s health secretary.

“We should all take pride in the fact that today we have sent a clear message, that your color of skin, your faith, is not a barrier to leading the country we all call home,” Yousaf said during a speech on Monday accepting his nomination.

“I will be a First Minister for all of Scotland. I will work every minute of every day to earn and to re-earn your respect and your trust,” Yousaf added.

The politician explained that his first priorities “will be to continue to protect every Scot as far as we possibly can from the harm inflicted by the cost-of-living crisis, to recover and reform our NHS and other vital public services, to support our wellbeing economy to improve the life chances of people right across this country.”

Yousaf sees his own background as one example of an inclusive, socially liberal, and multi-cultural Scotland.

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