The Scottish Independence Party began voting on Monday to elect a new leader who will be convened to become Scotland’s first minister following the abrupt resignation of Nicola Sturgeon in mid-February.
succeed in sturgeon The Scottish National Party (SNP) is led by three candidates. Kate Forbes ; the local health minister, Humza Yousaf and Ashleygan A former minister who resigned last year.
The three pledged to continue fighting for independence, as they have for eight years. Nicola Sturgeon He announced his resignation on February 15 and will remain in office until the end of the regime change, claiming he no longer has the will to continue.
The name of his successor will be announced on March 27, when the vote for this unprecedented independent party since 2004 ends.
Among these, the current Scottish Treasury Secretary, Kate Forbes, 32, caused controversy when she said she would have voted against. same-sex marriage If he was a member of the Scottish Parliament when it passed in 2014.
Forbes is a member of the Free Church of Scotland, which opposes same-sex marriage and abortion.
For his part, the Minister of Health Humza Yousaf , 37, takes a liking to Sturgeon’s side. He is the first non-white Muslim Scottish minister.
third applicant Ashleygan 38, was a minister until last year and has advocated for the restoration of party unity.
Forbes will come first with 32% of votes, according to an Ipsos poll conducted among voters last week. Followed by Yousaf (24%) and Regan with 8% of him.
Still, Yousaf is recognized as a leading candidate among SNP voters.