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Scotland's Humza Yousaf quits as ruling-SNP first minister

Update : 29 Apr 2024, 19:48

Scottish leader Humza Yousaf on Monday announced his resignation as the possibility he might scrape a win in two no-confidence votes appeared to wane.

Yousaf's leadership was plunged into trouble last week when he ended a cooperation agreement between his Scottish National Party (SNP) and Scotland's Green Party.

What did the SNP leader say?

The first minister said he had not realized how much upset ending the deal, known as the Bute House Agreement, would generate. He said he needed to step aside so that bridges could be rebuilt.

"My hope was to continue working with the Greens in a less formal arrangement as the SNP moved into a new phase of minority government. Unfortunately, in ending the Bute House Agreement in the manner that I did, I clearly underestimated the level of hurt and upset that caused Green colleagues.

"For a minority government to be able to govern effectively and efficiently, trust with working with the opposition is clearly fundamental."   

"I have concluded that repairing our relationship across the political divide can only be done with someone else at the helm," Yousaf said.

Yousaf said he would remain as first minister until the SNP elected a successor as its leader.

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