EDINBURGH (Diya TV) — Scotland’s political landscape has been rocked by the resignation of First Minister Humza Yousaf, marking a dramatic turn of events for the ruling Scottish National Party (SNP) and the nation’s governance.

Yousaf’s departure comes in the wake of the collapse of his coalition government, triggered by a dispute over climate policy with Green Party lawmakers. The unexpected breakdown of the coalition led to the Greens withdrawing their support and announcing plans to vote against Yousaf in a confidence motion.

Addressing reporters in a news conference on Monday, the son of Pakistani immigrants confirmed his resignation. John Swinney has been named his successor. His resignation marks the end of a brief tenure that began last March, with hopes of advancing the SNP’s agenda and bolstering the case for Scottish independence.

However, Yousaf’s leadership faced challenges from the outset, with legal issues plaguing the party and tensions within the coalition government. A decision to terminate the coalition agreement with the Greens proved to be a critical misstep, resulting in a loss of support and a subsequent struggle to retain his position.

Reflecting on his resignation, Yousaf acknowledged his misjudgment in handling the coalition agreement and expressed regret over the fallout with Green colleagues. He emphasized the importance of trust in governing effectively, recognizing the need for collaboration across party lines in a minority government.

The SNP’s dominance in Scottish politics has faced mounting challenges in recent years, with issues ranging from campaign finance scandals to divisions over transgender rights undermining public confidence. Yousaf’s resignation adds to the uncertainty surrounding the party’s future leadership and its ability to navigate the complexities of governance in Scotland.

As the SNP prepares to elect a new leader, attention turns to the party’s efforts to rebuild trust and forge alliances within the Scottish Parliament. With the prospect of U.K.-wide parliamentary elections looming, the SNP faces pressure to address internal divisions and regain momentum in pursuit of its independence agenda.