Glasgow, Scotland – The Scottish ruling party won a fourth term in office after a landslide victory in a Scottish parliamentary election on Saturday.
The Scottish National Party (SNP) won 64 seats out of 129 seats, only one short of the majority, and the closest fighters, the Unionist Scottish Conservatives, won 31.
The result, which also created an independent eight-seat Scottish Green Party, could pave the way for a second referendum to gain Scottish independence.
Voters in Scotland went to the polls on May 6, but coronavirus restrictions meant the count began earlier than usual.
The counting of the two votes began on Friday, but until Saturday evening, when the so-called regional lists were re-assigned, all figures were known.
The results mean that, as has been the case for the past 10 years, the parties that want Scotland to become a sovereign state outweigh the parties that advocate remaining in the United Kingdom.
The SNP, led by its leader and Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon, has now won nine Scottish legislative elections since its inception in the Scottish capital, Edinburgh, in 1999.
This was Sturgeon’s second victory in the Scottish Parliamentary in seven years under the auspices of the SNP, and he will be seen as a source of confidence in his administration.
“There is something about the SNP’s mix in the middle left, the role of government and the leadership of Nicola Sturgeon’s favorite voters,” Gerry Hassan, a well-known Scottish journalist and author, told Al Jazeera.
“There’s no danger that he’ll have too many demonstrations of his mind all the time.”
The people of Scotland have spoken – with the collapse of the SNP.
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– SNP (@theSNP) May 8, 2021
But the controversy over Scottish independence, rather than domestic issues, was also seen to drive voters away from voting.
Scots rejected Britain’s independence by 55 to 45% in a 2014 referendum, but recent research has found support for Scottish rule often parallels or furthers Union support, and voting has been in line with Scottish law, especially since Scotland decided to remain in the European Union in the 2016 Brexit British referendum.
“We have a new responsibility – the people have voted for the SNP and we will have another referendum because it is a democracy,” SNP representative Roza Salih, who missed the opportunity to sit on the ballot box, told Al Jazeera.
The Pro-EU SNP is committed to doing more only after the current COVID crisis.
By the Scottish Greens, the SNP has the numbers to win a vote on the issue in the by-elections, as the party did in the last parliament.
But UK Conservative Party Prime Minister Boris Johnson has repeatedly said he refuses Approval for another referendum, in which case the law is a matter for the Westminster government in London, and a dispute between the two parties began even before all the votes were counted.
“We can continue with the relevant legislation, and this can only happen if it is passed by the Scottish Parliament,” Sturgeon told reporters.
“If [Johnson] they wanted to stop that it was his fault for going to the Supreme Court to challenge them – and these could choose, not me. ”
“What [the SNP and Sturgeon] he wants a war, “Kevin Hague, a Scottish businessman, pro-UK supporter and chairman of the These Islands, co-founder of the alliance, told Al Jazeera.
“Because that’s how their complaint machines work. [Sturgeon] they do not want an independent election soon because people do not want to and will certainly lose. ”
Although Scotland’s mixed votes make it difficult to do so, Sturgeon is disappointed that he did not get as many members of his party – as the SNP did in 2011.
But, with a new – and higher – position from a well-known group, the first Scottish minister will be encouraged as he waits for another five years of service.
He has also seen fit to back off his rivalry as a SNP leader and former prime minister, Alex Salmond, who has threatened to undermine his original position.
Her fellow volunteers and allies, Sturgeon and Salmond’s relationship was happy and broke up after she was accused of abusing several women.
A court in Edinburgh was released early last year, but Sturgeon disassociated himself from his former adviser whose re-entry into Scottish politics and his new independent Alba Party hit buffers after they failed to win any seats.
Dealing with the growing crisis in Scotland, as well as pushing the country out of the coronavirus, will be on Sturgeon’s list of priorities for his new era.
But, as always, the legal future in Scotland will be in the forefront as Edinburgh and London plan for a more complex demonstration.