Humza Yousaf elected leader of Scottish National party: Humza Yousaf, a Pakistani-origin politician, has won the Scottish National Party (SNP) leadership election and will succeed Nicola Sturgeon as First Minister of Scotland. Yousaf, the son of Asian immigrants, is set to become the first person of colour to be appointed as Scotland’s first minister. He defeated Kate Forbes, the country’s finance minister, and Ash Regan, who resigned from the government in opposition to proposed changes to gender recognition. Humza Yousaf was elected leader of the Scottish National Party with 52% of the vote, and his campaign focused on achieving Scottish independence and addressing the cost-of-living crisis. This follows Rishi Sunak’s recent appointment as the first British Prime Minister of Indian origin. Yousaf will now take over as the leader of the SNP, succeeding Nicola Sturgeon who resigned last month after serving as the party leader for eight years.
March 2023 Current Affairs Quiz
About the Humza Yousaf
- Humza Yousaf is a Scottish politician of Pakistani origin who was born in Glasgow on April 7, 1985. He is a Scottish National Party (SNP) member who has been the Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for Glasgow Pollok since 2016. Before that, he represented Glasgow on the regional list from 2011 to 2016.
- Yousaf has held various ministerial positions in the Scottish Government, including Minister for External Affairs and International Development, Minister for Transport and the Islands, Minister for Europe and International Development, and Cabinet Secretary for Justice. He has been a vocal supporter of Scottish independence and has been involved in a number of campaigns and activities to that end.
- As a young politician, Yousaf has been recognized for his achievements and has received several awards, including the Young Scottish Muslim of the Year award in 2007 and the Young Asian Scot of the Year award in 2012. In 2016, he was the first MSP to be sworn in under the oath of affirmation, which allows elected officials to pledge allegiance to the Scottish Parliament without having to swear an oath to the Queen.
Important takeaways for all competitive exams:
Scotland Capital: Edinburgh;
Scotland National animal: Unicorn;
Scotland Currency: Pound sterling