Meet Humza Yousaf, Scotland’s first Pakistani-origin leader

Scotland's health secretary is all set to now become the country's first minister following a vote in Holyrood.

Meet Humza Yousaf, Scotland's first Pakistani-origin leader

In an exciting new development, Scotland now has its first Pakistani-origin leader Humza Yousaf.

Yousaf was named the next leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) after a controversial leadership race that went on for five weeks. Scotland’s health secretary is all set to now become the country’s first minister following a vote in Holyrood. Yousaf won the leadership race over finance secretary Kate Forbes by a small margin.

Who is Humza Yousaf?

Humza Yousaf is now the first minister of Scotland of Pakistani origin and the most senior elected politician in the administration of Scotland. It is important to mention here that the position is similar to that of a prime minister at the national level.

Born in Glasgow in 1985, Yousaf’s parents settled in Scotland in the 1960s. He was raised with a strong sense of community and an appreciation for multiculturalism. He went to the University of Glasglow, where he graduated with honors. However, his political career took off in 2011, when he was elected as a member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for Glasgow at the age of only 25 years old.

Over the last 10 years, Yousaf has served in many prominent positions within the SNP, including Minister for Transport and the Islands, Minister for External Affairs and International Development, and most recently, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care. All throughout his political career, he has raised his voice for human rights, equality, and social justice.

Yousaf has also championed many progressive policies and initiatives, like increasing funds for mental health services, public transportation, and promoting renewable energy. His rise in the political scene of Scotland was not only due to his impressive portfolio but is also a depiction of the UK’s growing inclusivity. He has advocated for strong ties between Pakistan and Scotland, both culturally and economically, and has also played a primary role in fostering trade relations between these two nations.

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