Glasgow, Scotland – Scotland’s ruling party won an unprecedented fourth term in government on Saturday after winning a Scottish parliamentary election.
The pro-independence Scottish National Party (SNP) won 644 of the 129 seats, with its nearest rival the Unionist Scottish Conservatives taking 31 seats.
The results, which saw the pro-independence Scottish Green Party secure eight seats, could pave the way for a second referendum on Scottish independence.
Voters across Scotland went to the polls in May, but the coronavirus restriction meant that the counts began later than usual.
The counting of the electoral portion of the two-division ballot began on Friday, but not until Saturday evening, when the so-called regional list was also allotted, the full figures were known.
The result is that, as has been the case over the last ten years, a party for Scotland has become more of a party than a sovereign state, for those in the UK.
The SNP, led by its leader and Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon, has won four of Scotland’s last six parliamentary elections since the collapse of the legislature in the Scottish capital, Edinburgh, in 1999.
This was Sturgeon’s second Scottish parliamentary victory in his seven years in the SNP title and he will be seen as a confidant to his prime ministership.
“There is something about the SNP’s cautious center-left, public duty and a mix of Nicola Sturgeon’s leadership that voters like,” Gary Hassan, a senior political commentator and author on Scottish politics, told Al Jazeera.
“It’s no coincidence that consistently he had huge personal opinion poll ratings.”
People in Scotland have spoken out – this is an SNP earthquake.
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But more than domestic policy, Scottish independence was once again present to take voters to the ballot box.
In the 2014 referendum, the Scots rejected 55 to 45 percent of independence from the British Empire, but a recent opinion poll found that Scottish sovereignty is often matched by or more union support, and that Scotland’s voting choices are long tied to Scotland’s constitutional future. In the European Union, Britain’s 201 Bre Bresit chose irresistibly to stay in the referendum.
“We have a new mandate – the people have voted for the SNP and we will have another referendum because that is democracy,” SNP candidate Roza Salih, who briefly missed out on a seat on the regional list, told Al Jazeera.
The EU-backed SNP is committed to another surprise event once the current COVID crisis is over.
As with the Scottish Greens, the SNP has the same number of votes as the party did in the previous parliament, as it did in the newly elected chamber.
But Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson has repeatedly said Rejection For the approval of another referendum, the constitution is a reserved issue for the Westminster government in London, and tensions between the two administrations began before all votes were counted.
“We will take the necessary legislation that is necessary, and it would only happen if the Scottish Parliament passed it,” Sturgeon told the media.
“If [Johnson] It wanted to stop him from going to the Supreme Court to challenge this fact – and it would be his decision, not mine. ”
“What [the SNP and Sturgeon] “The fight is on,” Kevin Hague, a Scottish-based entrepreneur, pro-UK campaigner and chairman of the archipelago, a pro-union thinker, told Al Jazeera.
“It simply came to our notice then. [Sturgeon] He doesn’t want a referendum on independence anytime soon because the people don’t want it and he really wants to lose it. “
Despite Scotland’s mixed voting system making it extremely difficult to do so, Sturgeon would be disappointed not to get a free majority for his party – the SNP did something in 2011.
However, the record is renewable from high-voter – and with the fat ordinance, the Scottish first prime minister will probably feel even more extended as he awaits another five-year term in office.
He would like to put behind him the controversies surrounding his predecessor as both SNP leader and first minister, Alex Salmond, threatened to ruin his premiership.
Once committed by friends and allies, Sturgeon and Salmond’s relationship broke down sensitively and openly. Several women were accused of sexual harassment.
Salmond was acquitted by an Edinburgh court earlier this year, but Starzan distanced himself from his former adviser, who failed to re-enter Scottish politics with his newly formed pro-independence Alba party. .
Arresting Scotland’s growing drug crisis, as well as leading the country contaminated by the current coronavirus epidemic, will remain high on Sturgeon’s priorities during his new term.
However, as always, Scotland’s constitutional future will remain front and center as Edinburgh and London prepare for what could possibly be a very intense showdown.