Aleksandr Selmond

Aleksandr Selmond

First Minister of Scotland
Date of Birth: 31.12.1954
Country: Great Britain

  1. Biography of Alexander Salmond
  2. Political Career

Biography of Alexander Salmond

Alexander Salmond, the leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP), officially took office as the First Minister of Scotland. He was born on December 31, 1954, in the town of Linlithgow in the Scottish county of Lothian. His parents were civil servants. Salmond completed his education at Linlithgow Academy and later attended the University of St Andrews, where he obtained a master's degree in economics and history.

Political Career

It was during his time at St Andrews in 1973 that Salmond joined the ranks of the Nationalist Student Federation. In 1985, he entered the leadership of the SNP and in 1987, he was elected to the House of Commons of the British Parliament and became the deputy leader of the SNP. After the resignation of SNP leader John Swinney in 2004, Salmond won the party leadership elections with the support of three-quarters of the votes.

On May 3, 2007, the SNP emerged victorious in the Scottish Parliament elections, securing 47 seats. This was a significant increase of 20 seats compared to the previous parliament. Salmond's party planned to hold a referendum on independence in 2010, although it was unlikely to garner support from other political forces, making the implementation of the plan challenging.