17 May 2016
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was nominated in the Scottish Parliament to lead the Scottish Government today.
John Swinney and Humza Yousaf signed the First Minister’s nomination papers earlier in the day.
— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) May 17, 2016
63 MSPs voted for the First Minister’s nomination in the chamber. She thanked her family for their support in her acceptance speech and said:
I have no desire to be First Minister for its own sake. I want to use the opportunity I have as First Minister to change our country for the better. I know that my job, as First Minister, now and at all times, is to govern for all the people of our country. That is what I pledge to do.”
The next stage in the process is to be formally sworn in as First Minister at the Court of Session.
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