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Pakistani-origin Humza Yousaf elected Scotland’s First Minister

Humza Yousaf defeated his rivals on Monday to become leader of the governing Scottish National Party (SNP). The 37-year-old became the first Muslim head of a major UK political party, as well as the first Muslim leader of a Western European country. Humza Yousaf promised to bring Scotland’s independence in his victory speech.

“The people of Scotland need independence today more than ever before, and we will be the generation that delivers independence,” he said in his victory speech, according to Reuters. He also spoke about his grandparents, who arrived in Scotland from Pakistan in the 1960s, barely understanding English, and said they would never have imagined “in their wildest dreams” that their grandson would one day become Scotland’s first minister.

“We should all be proud that today we sent a clear message: that your skin colour or creed is not a barrier to running the country that we all call home,” Yousaf added.

As Yousaf delivered his victory speech and paid respect to his grandparents, his wife and mother were photographed wiping away tears, according to AFP.

Yousaf stated that as Scotland’s leader, his priority will be to address the cost of living problem, heal party splits, and renew the push for independence.

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