Sturgeon’s Green ‘leap of faith’

The coalition deal marks the first time that Green lawmakers have entered government in the UK. [EPA-EFE/ROBERT PERRY]

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on Tuesday described the coalition between her Scottish National Party and the Scottish Greens as a “leap of faith” for both parties, as lawmakers endorsed the appointment of two Green ministers to her government.

The coalition deal marks the first time that Green lawmakers have entered government in the UK. Patrick Harvie and Lorna Slater will take up ministerial posts focusing on zero-carbon homes and green jobs.

The SNP won 64 of the 129 seats in the Scottish parliament at May’s elections, and the additional seven seats brought by the Greens gives the SNP a clear majority in support of a second referendum on independence which Sturgeon has promised to deliver during her four-year mandate.

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