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Nicola Sturgeon announces resignation as First Minister of Scotland

Nicola Sturgeon has announced she is resigning as Scotland’s first minister after more than eight years in the role.

The Scottish National Party leader said she knew “in my head and in my heart” this was the right time to step down.

Ms Sturgeon said she would remain in office until her successor was elected.

She is the longest-serving first minister and the first woman to hold the position.

Frances Guy, CEO, Scotland’s International Development Alliance says:

“Nicola Sturgeon was a leader in calling out global injustices and we are sorry to see her step down as First Minister. As one of the first nations to sign up to the Sustainable Development Goals (then Global Goals), Sturgeon led the way in supporting a crucial framework to create a fairer world for all. Sturgeon showed leadership in creating a loss and damage fund which acknowledges the role that nations like Scotland have played in creating the climate crisis. We thank Sturgeon for her support of the global sustainable development sector in Scotland, and look forward to working with the next First Minister to tackle the many ongoing injustices faced by the global community.”

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