Humza Yousaf to face MSPs at debut FMQs as Scotland's First Minister

The newly-elected First Minster will face a grilling from MSPs before they vote on his cabinet.

Humza Yousaf will make his debut at FMQs on Thursday afternoon just a day after being sworn in as Scotland’s First Minister.

The SNP leader will be grilled by party leaders at the Scottish Parliament at 12pm ahead of a vote to confirm his new cabinet.

After winning the SNP leadership contest on Monday, a majority of MSPs voted for him to become First Minister on Tuesday.

And on Wednesday, he was officially sworn in during a short ceremony at Bute House where he pledged allegiance to the King.

He announced his government later that day, with ten cabinet members and 18 junior ministers.

It’s the first time a Scottish cabinet has been made up of a majority of women, with five members also under the age of 40.

Among them is deputy first minister Shona Robison, who takes over from Kate Forbes as finance secretary.

The former leadership contender, who narrowly lost to Yousaf, was offered a post as rural affairs minister but rejected it, choosing to return to the backbenches instead.

Meanwhile, fellow rival Ash Regan said she was not offered a role.

Among the 18 junior roles includes a newly created minister for independence, which was given to Jamie Hepburn.

Scottish Green co-leaders Patrick Harvie and Lorna Slater kept their jobs in government too and will continue the agreement made under former First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

During the 45-minute session of FMQs, Yousaf will face questions from Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross, Labour leader Anas Sarwar and Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton.

He will also hear from backbench MSPs before Holyrood confirms his cabinet picks.

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