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New history: Pakistan-born Hamza Yusuf elected Scotland’s first Muslim new First Minister

A new history was made in British politics and Hamza Yusuf of Pakistani origin was elected as the new leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP).

37-year-old Hamza Yusuf will be the new First Minister of Scotland (the head of the Scottish government) and he will be the first Muslim and Pakistani-origin leader of a British political party.

Hamza Yusuf is a member of the Scottish Parliament from Polk, Glasgow.
Hamza Yusuf got 52.1 percent of the votes in the second round of the SMP leadership election while his opponent Kate Forbes managed to get 47.9 percent of the votes.

Hamza Yusuf will take a vote of confidence from the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday and become First Minister (head of the Scottish government).

Taking a vote of confidence is a formality for Hamza Yusuf, who was serving as Scotland’s Health Minister, and also holds the distinction of being the youngest member of the Scottish Parliament.

Hamza Yusuf became a member of the Scottish Parliament for the first time in 2011 at the age of 26. He has also been Minister of Transport, Minister of Justice in the Scottish Cabinet.

Hamza Yusuf’s father, Muzaffariusuf, belongs to the town of Mian Chinnu in Pakistan.

It should be noted that recently Rishi Sonic was elected as the head of the Conservative Party and he is the first British Prime Minister of Asian descent, his ancestors are from Pakistan.

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