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Nicola Sturgeon re-elected as First Minister of Scotland

Nicola Sturgeon. Credit: Reuters

Nicola Sturgeon has been re-elected as the First Minister of Scotland.

The SNP leader will lead a minority government after her party won 63 of 129 seats in the Holyrood election on May 5, two short of an overall majority.

Ms Sturgeon will now be formally appointed by the Queen after her nomination by MSPs.

She became Scotland's first female first minister in 2014, succeeding Alex Salmond, who stood down after a No vote in the Scottish independence referendum.

Ms Sturgeon won the vote for nomination as First Minister with 63 votes from a total of 127.

A further five votes were cast for Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie, who also put himself forward for nomination, while there were 59 abstentions.