Alex Salmond has stepped down as First Minister of Scotland, saying it had been the privilege of his life to serve in the role.
His resignation takes effect as former Deputy Minister Nicola Sturgeon is set to take charge.
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Mr Salmond also paid tribute to the Scottish electorate after a huge turnout for the Scottish Independence referendum on September 18.
He said: “Scotland now has the most energised, empowered and informed electorate of any country in Europe.
“I’m happy to say, with complete certainty, that more change and better days lie ahead for this Parliament and for Scotland.”
The Linlithgow-born politician revealed his plans to step down the morning after the referendum, with speculation growing that he could return to Westminster.