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Scotland's First Minister resigns after losing independence referendum

Published:Friday | September 19, 2014 | 11:34 AM
Alex Salmond - AP

Scotland's First Minister and Scottish Nationalist Party leader, Alex Salmond, has resigned.

According to the Mail Online Salmond made the announcement in a press conference this afternoon.

"For me as leader my time is nearly over but for Scotland the campaign continues and the dream will never die," Salmond told reporters in Edinburgh.'

Salmond said he would not accept the nomination as leader of the Scottish National Party at an annual conference in November and that he would then resign as First Minister.

He added: 'After the membership ballot I will stand down as first minister to allow the new leader to be elected.'

Voters in Scotland resoundingly rejected independence in a historic referendum yesterday.

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