Humza Yousaf Appointed as First Minister, Church of Scotland Felicitates with Him

First Minister Humza Yousaf | Jeff J Mitchell - Getty Images

Humza Yousaf is set to become the youngest First Minister of Scotland as he won against Christian Candidate Kate Forbes by a very close margin, and the Church of Scotland has extended its congratulations to him. He is the first Scottish Asian and first muslim to hold the position since 1999.


Yousaf, who was recently elected as the new leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP), is widely expected to take over as First Minister from Nicola Sturgeon, who announced her resignation earlier this month.

In a statement released on Monday, the Church of Scotland praised Yousaf’s achievement. The Church went on to say that it hoped Yousaf would continue to uphold the values of justice and equality, and work towards building a more inclusive and compassionate society. Rt Rev Dr Iain Greenshields, speaking on behalf of the Church said: “The Church recognises the difficult decisions that people in political authority have to make on behalf of all the people of Scotland, regardless of their political preferences,” he said.

“We pray that God is with the new First Minister and all those who hold positions of authority and responsibility. We pray that Mr Yousaf is imbued with wisdom, justice, compassion and integrity and he finds the strength and peace to do what is right.”

“The people of Scotland are living in challenging times,” the moderator continued. “We look forward to engaging with the First Minister and his government as we all seek to address the most pressing social issues for the common good.”

Yousaf, who was born in Glasgow to Pakistani parents, has been a member of the Scottish Parliament since 2011. He previously served as the Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Justice and Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care. In a social media post, he made it known that he spent his first night in the Bute house with his family after the parliamentary vote. 

In his acceptance speech, Yousaf expressed his gratitude for the support he had received and pledged to work tirelessly to make Scotland a fairer and more equal society.

Yousaf’s appointment has been welcomed by many in Scotland’s Muslim community, who see it as a sign of progress and inclusion.

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