Nicola Sturgeon to resign as First Minister, saying ‘the time is now’
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Nicola Sturgeon has announced she will stand down after eight years as First Minister, telling a press conference “the time is now”.
In a shock announcement on Wednesday, the SNP leader said she was not reacting to “short-term pressures” after a series of political setbacks.
The longest-serving – and first female – First Minister told a hastily arranged press conference she will remain in office while the SNP selects her successor.
“In my head and in my heart I know that time is now. That it’s right for me, for my party and my country,” she said.
Ms Sturgeon, who guided the nation through the coronavirus pandemic and led the SNP to repeated election victories at UK, Scottish and local level, acknowledged the “physical and mental impact” of the role.
Click here to read the full article published by The Independent on 15 February 2023.