Sturgeon to replace Salmond as First Minister of Scotland

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Sturgeon to replace Salmond as First Minister of Scotland

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Nicola Sturgeon is set to succeed Alex Salmond as leader of the Scottish National Party, making her the first female First Minister of Scotland.

She emerged as the sole candidate after Salmond resigned when Scots voted against independence. Her new role will be formally announced at the SNP conference on November 14th.

The SNP saw its membership surge after the independence vote, and Sturgeon plans a series of rallies to address the new members with her vision for the future of Scotland.

In light of the referendum result (45 percent for and 55 percent against independence), Westminster has begun negotiations for more devolved powers to the Scottish Parliament, as well as Wales, England and Northern Ireland under the Smith Commission.

They hope to have agreement by the end of November to pave the way for draft legislative proposals in January 2015. The government published its plans for further devolution on Monday.

Sturgeon has promised to hold Prime Minister David Cameron to his pledge of more powers and has not ruled out holding another referendum.