Humza Yousaf takes office as Scotland’s chief minister

Humza Yousaf, Scotland’s chief minister, hugs his ‘number two’, Shona Robison – Jane Barlow/Pa Wire/Dpa

Nationalist politician Humza Yousaf was sworn in Wednesday as Scotland’s new chief minister, completing the process of renewal of a government forced to reinvent itself after the unexpected resignation of the previous leader, Nicola Sturgeon.

Yousaf, who this week was proclaimed leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) and endorsed by the Scottish Parliament as Sturgeon’s successor, completed the formalities with a brief ceremony in which he read a text and swore allegiance to the king, Charles III.

The new chief minister has yet to form his cabinet, although already on Tuesday he announced as ‘number two’ Shona Robison. Among his political objectives, he also made it clear that he will work »tirelessly» to defend the independence of Scotland, a front in which he clashes head-on with London.

Yousaf, 37, is the sixth chief minister of Scotland and the first Muslim not only to head the country, but also to lead one of the main political parties in the United Kingdom.