Scottish National Party on course for 4th term in power

Edinburgh, Scotland

The Scottish National Party (SNP) has won 61 seats so far and holds a clear lead as vote counting continues on Saturday.

Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s independence party now needs four more seats to secure an absolute majority in the 129-seat parliament.

She said on Friday that “a majority has always been a very, very long shot.”

“I feel extremely happy and extremely confident that we are on track as the SNP for a fourth consecutive election victory and to have the ability to form a government again and this is an extraordinary achievement for any political party,” she said in Glasgow.

The SNP are now set to win a fourth term in power in Scotland as they have won 48% of the vote, according to the results announced so far, with the Conservatives at 22% and Labor at 21%.

According to some local news channels, the SNP is expected to win 63 seats, only two seats less than the majority.

Turnout was over 70%, well above the national average of 55% in the 2016 elections.

As the count continues on Saturday, the Conservatives won 12 seats, Labor 6, the Liberal Democrats 4 and the Greens won 2 seats.

The election is significant in terms of aftermath, as a pro-independence majority in parliament will mean a second independence referendum in the near future.

“Extraordinary and historic”

Speaking on live television, Sturgeon described the result as “amazing and historic”.

Sturgeon said the Scottish people had voted for a pro-independence majority in Parliament, although the results are not yet entirely clear. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson “will fight with the democratic wishes of the Scottish people” if he tries to block another vote, she added.

“You will not succeed, the only ones who can decide the future of Scotland are the people of Scotland.”

There is “no democratic justification” if London tries to block a second referendum on Scottish independence, Sturgeon said.

It is “not a decision of Boris Johnson or any Westminster politician”, she added.

Johnson has consistently rejected the idea of ​​a new referendum on Scottish independence, repeatedly saying that Scots made their choice in a 2014 referendum.

However, Sturgeon argued that circumstances changed with Brexit and Scotland was pulled out of the EU against its will, with 62% voting to stay in the bloc in 2016.

“I think that count is still going on and we’ll have to see what happens,” Johnson told the Telegraph.

“I have listened carefully to the Scottish elections. I got the impression that they walked away from the idea of ​​a referendum, and I think very wisely.

Johnson said now was not “anything like the time to have more constitutional wrangling.”

“I think a referendum in the current context is irresponsible and reckless. Leave it at that,” he added.

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