Glasgow, Scotland – Scotland’s ruling party secured an unprecedented fourth consecutive government term on Saturday after going to victory in the Scottish parliamentary election.
The pro-independence Scottish National Party (SNP) took 64 of 129 seats for a seat, just a short of an overall majority, with its closest rival, the unionist Scottish Conservatives, who took 31.
The result, which also saw the pro-independence Scottish Green Party gain eight seats, could pave the way for a second referendum on Scottish independence.
Voters across Scotland went to the polls on May 6, but coronavirus outbreaks mean the appointment of the mole has begun more than usual.
The counting of the constitutional portion of the two-section ballot began on Friday, but until Saturday night, when the so-called regional lists were also issued, the full number was known.
The result means that, as has happened in the past 10 years, the parties in favor of Scotland becoming a sovereign state are more likely than the parties in favor of remaining in the United Kingdom.
The SNP, led by its leader and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, has now won four of the last six elections in the Scottish Parliament since being handed over to the legislative body in the Scottish capital Edinburgh, in 1999.
It was Sturgeon’s second Scottish Parliamentary victory in his seven years at the helm of the SNP, and could be seen as a vote of confidence in his premiership.
“There’s something about the mix of the SNP’s careful center-leftness, public duty and Nicola Sturgeon’s leadership that voters want,” Gerry Hassan, a high-profile Scottish commentator and author, told Al Jazeera.
“It’s no accident that he has a lot of personal opinion ratings all the time.”
🏴 People in Scotland say – it’s a landslide SNP.
✅ Highest number of votes
✅ Highest number of seats in constituencies ever
✅ Highest voting rate in a Scottish election
👇 If we re -established Scotland from COVID, there would be an independence referendum. pic.twitter.com/k5Oq4hndh1
– The SNP (@theSNP) May 8, 2021
But the controversy over Scottish independence, rather than household policies, appears to be once again to drive voters out of the ballot box.
Scots rejected independence from the British state by 55 to 45 per cent in a referendum in 2014, but recent opinion polls have seen support for Scottish sovereignty that has always matched or exceeded support for the Union. , and voting preferences have long been tied to the future of Scotland’s constitution, especially since Scotland chose more to remain in the European Union in Britain’s 2016 Brexit referendum.
“There’s a new mandate – people vote for the SNP and we also have a referendum because that’s democracy,” said SNP candidate Roza Salih, who was narrowly unsure of sitting on the regional list. about the ballot, Al Jazeera was told.
The pro-EU SNP has promised to hold another plebiscite once the current COVID crisis is over.
In the Scottish Greens, the SNP has the numbers to win a vote on the matter in the newly elected chamber, as the party did in the previous parliament.
But UK Conservative Party Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been repetitive PERPETUAL to punish a referendum, with the constitution being a reserved matter for the Westminster Government in London, and a tense stand -up between the two administrations began even before all the votes had been counted.
“We will continue with the legislation as needed, and that will only happen if it is passed by the Scottish Parliament,” Sturgeon told the media.
“If [Johnson] Wanting to stop it being the case he had to go to the Supreme Court to challenge it – and that was his decision, not mine. “
“What [the SNP and Sturgeon] What is sought is the fight, ”Kevin Hague, a Scotland-based businessman, a pro-UK advocate and chairman of This Islands, a pro-union think-tank, told Al Jazeera.
“Because that’s the way they complain about the machine. [Sturgeon] He doesn’t want an independence referendum anytime soon because people don’t want and frankly to lose it to him. ”
Despite Scotland’s mixed voting system making it difficult to do so, Sturgeon will regret not getting a majority in his party – something the SNP did in 2011.
However, with a revised – and largely – mandate from a long voting record, the Scottish first minister may feel confident as he looks ahead to another five. year term of office.
He will also look to be put behind his controversies surrounding his successor as both SNP leader and first minister, Alex Salmond, threatening to ruin his premiership.
Formerly friends and allies, Sturgeon and Salmond’s relationship sensationally and publicly shattered after the accused was accused of having sex with multiple women.
Salmond was released by an Edinburgh court last year, but Sturgeon has shunned his former coach of self-attempt to re-enter the Scottish political arena with his newly formed pro-independence Alba. Party hit the buffers after it failed to win any seats.
Catching Scotland’s worsening drug crisis, as well as managing the country opting out of the current coronavirus disease, could be high on Sturgeon’s list of priorities in his new term in office.
But, as in the past, the future of the Scottish constitution will remain forward and central as Edinburgh and London prepare for what could be a bitter setback.