- Nicola Sturgeon has hailed the SNP's "historic and extraordinary" fourth consecutive victory in the Scottish Parliament election.
- The SNP has won 64, the Conservatives 31, Labour 22, the Scottish Greens eight, and Liberal Democrats four.
- The Scottish voting system was specifically designed to prevent any one party from having a majority in the 129-seat parliament - although the SNP did manage to do so in the 2011 election.
- The SNP, which formed a minority government after the last election in 2016, had hoped that winning another majority in this election would further strengthen its calls for a second referendum on Scottish independence to be held.
- Ms. Sturgeon has insisted that dealing with the pandemic and its aftermath will be her immediate priority — although clearly, she intends to press the case for another independence referendum too.
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