Edinburgh: Humza Yousaf made history on Monday to become the First Pakistani Muslim to be elected as the new leader of a major UK political party the "Scottish National Party" (SNP). He will assume charge as first minister to replace Nicola Sturgeon on (Wednesday) 29th March 2023.
Hamza Yousaf, who has served as health minister, became a member of the Scottish Parliament for the first time in 2011 at the age of 26. He has also served as Minister of Transport and Minister of Justice in the Scottish Cabinet.
The first minister of Scotland is the head of the Scottish Government and keeper of the Great Seal of Scotland. The first minister chairs the Scottish Cabinet and is primarily responsible for the formulation, development and presentation of Scottish Government policy.
In his emotional acceptance speech, Hamza Yousaf paid tribute to his Pakistani grandparents for migrating to Scotland from Mian Channu over 60 years ago. As immigrants to this country, who knew barely a word of English, they could not have imagined their grandson would one day be the next First Minister of Scotland.
Hamza Yousaf, the country's first Muslim or Asian head of government, sends a clear message, that your colour of skin, your faith, is not a barrier to leading the country we all call our home. He has promised to continue the socially liberal policies of Ms Sturgeon.
Hamza Yousaf replaced former Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon after she stepped down from the post last month, saying she needed to take a step back. On his victory, Ms Sturgeon congratulated him and said: I wish him every success. He will be an outstanding leader & First Minister and I could not be prouder to have him succeed me.
King Charles III will now be inviting a Hindu prime minister of the United Kingdom and a Muslim First Minister of Scotland to his Coronation this spring, sending a powerful message to the world about how much public life in Britain has changed.