Humza Yousaf becomes youngest, first Muslim head of Scottish government

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Published: 2023-03-29 16:37

Last Updated: 2024-06-13 06:36


Humza Yousaf becomes youngest, first Muslim head of Scottish government
Humza Yousaf becomes youngest, first Muslim head of Scottish government

Humza Yousaf, on Wednesday, was sworn in before the Scottish Supreme Court as Scotland’s first minister, becoming the youngest, first Scottish Asian and Muslim to be appointed as head of government.

This came after the Parliament elected Yousaf, 37, the new leader of the Scottish National Party, as head of government who took his parliamentary oath first in English and then in Urdu.

Many have said that he was destined for great things as he became a junior minister, minister for justice and most recently a minister for health. At only 26 years old, he was the youngest Member of the Scottish Parliament.

He received his bachelor’s and then master’s degree in political science from the University of Glasgow. He is married to Nadia El-Nakla, 39, a Scottish woman to a Palestinian father who still lives in the Gaza Strip alongside Nakla’s brother and his family.

Before Nakhla, Yousaf was married to former Scottish National Party executive committee member Gail Lythgoe between 2010 and 2017.

Scotland’s first minister had previously expressed concern for his wife's family, after the Israeli Occupation's aggression on Gaza.

In 2021, he wrote on Twitter: “Wife has been in floods of tears all evening. Her brother lives in Gaza with his wife & three young children. He tells us it's raining rockets. As a parent he feels helpless, they cannot leave as they are under blockade. All we can do is pray & hope they are alive in the morning.”