After being sworn in as Scotland’s first Muslim and person of color leader, Humza Yousaf, has named a new woman majority government.
For the first time ever, six out of nine cabinet members in Scotland are now women, and half of the members are aged below 40.
Women now lead the ministries of finance; education and skills; net zero and just transition; rural affairs, land reform and islands; social justice, justice and home affairs.
“I have made clear my belief Scotland’s government should look as much as possible like the people we represent,” Yousaf said after unveiling his cabinet on Wednesday March 29, according to Sky News. “As well as being the first ever first minister from a minority ethnic background, I am pleased that a record number of women have agreed to serve, as well as a significant blend of younger and more experienced members.”
He added that every appointment had been made on merit.
He said that the team reflects the priorities of his government, which include “tackling child poverty, improving public services and building a fairer, greener economy,” according to Sky News.