Newly-elected deputies have been officially sworn into office at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh. The Party leaders were called first, starting with the Nationalists’ Alex Salmond – who is expected to be the next First Minister. The current incumbent, Labour’s Jack McConnell came next, followed by the remainder, some in traditional dress.
The first meeting has been delayed until next week to allow a presiding officer to be voted in. Last week’s election saw the Nationalists (SNP) win 47 seats in the 129 member Parliament, one seat more than Labour. However, the SNP face forming a minority administration due to the continuing refusal of Liberals to form a ruling coalition. The issue of a referendum on independence is believed to lie at the heart of the dispute.