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Scotland’s First Minister Humza Yousaf offers prayer in Bute House

Humza Yousaf, the newly elected First Minister of Scotland offered prayer in the Bute House at the official residence of the Scottish leader after winning the elections.

Yousaf shared the images with his family on his Twitter account. Humza Yousaf having Pakistani origins took the oath of the First Minister. He had won the race to become Scotland’s new leader, the youngest and first from a minority ethnic background, on Monday.

He moved to the official residence with his family after taking the oath. “My family and I spent our first night in Bute House after today’s parliamentary vote. A special moment leading my family in prayer in Bute House as is customary after breaking fast together,” wrote Humza Yousaf in his tweet while sharing the pictures with the family.

His immediate family includes his father Muzaffer Yousaf, his mother Shaista Bhutta, his wife Nadia, and two daughters.

The members of the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday elected Scottish National Party’s (SNP) leader Humza Yousaf as the new first minister. The 37-year-old received a chamber majority with 71 votes.

Yousaf became the first Muslim to lead a major UK party and is the first ethnic minority leader of a devolved government in the UK.

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Scottish Conservative Party leader Douglas Ross came second in the contest, receiving 31 votes.

Speaking after the vote, he congratulated Yousaf for becoming the first ethnic person to be the first minister, which “sends a message” to everyone that opportunities exist for all in the UK.

“This is a proud day for me, for my family. I can hear my three-year-old speaking to me, and waving to me from the chamber,” Yousaf said. “I hope today’s also a proud day for Scotland as it speaks to our values as a country as I stand here as the first-ever Muslim to lead a Western democratic nation,” said Yousaf.