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Latest news on Humza Yousaf's resignation as Scotland's First Minister, providing comprehensive coverage of the events leading to his decision, reactions from political leaders, and the implications for the SNP, Scottish independence, and the future of Scotland.

Humza Yousaf, who made history as the first ethnic minority and Muslim leader of Scotland when he became First Minister on 29 March 2023, announced his resignation on 7 May 2024, after just over a year in office. Yousaf, 39, had been facing mounting challenges, including a cost-of-living crisis, record-high drug deaths, and growing dissatisfaction within the Scottish National Party (SNP).

Yousaf's tenure as First Minister was marked by controversies, such as the resignation of cabinet member Kate Forbes over disagreements on social issues, and the Scottish Government's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Critics accused Yousaf of failing to deliver on key promises and struggling to unite the SNP in the face of internal divisions. His resignation comes as a blow to the party, which has been pushing for a second Scottish independence referendum.

Despite the challenges, Yousaf's rise to the top of Scottish politics was seen as a significant milestone, reflecting the growing diversity of Scotland. As a child of Pakistani immigrants, Yousaf had been a prominent voice against racism and Islamophobia, and had worked to promote equality and social justice throughout his political career. His resignation has sparked discussions about the representation of ethnic minorities in British politics and the future direction of the SNP.

Yousaf's resignation comes at a critical time for Scotland, as the country grapples with the economic fallout of Brexit and the ongoing debate over independence. The SNP, which has been in power in Scotland since 2007, will now be led by John Swinney.

As the story of Humza Yousaf's resignation continues to unfold, our NewsNow feed will keep you informed about the latest developments, reactions from across the political spectrum, and analysis of what this means for the future of Scotland. From the SNP leadership to the implications for the independence movement, our comprehensive coverage will provide you with the insights you need to stay up-to-date on this major event in British politics.

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