The Government of the 3rd Scottish Parliament was formed after the 2007 elections to the Scottish Parliament. The Scottish Government is headed by First Minister Alex Salmond.
First Salmond government
The first meeting of the Salmond government, on 22 May 2007
The Salmond government, which was sworn in on 16 May 2007, was a Scottish National Party minority government.
Having won the largest number of seats in the general election (47 of 129) the SNP sought to form a coalition with the Scottish Liberal Democrats. When those talks failed, the SNP chose to form a one-party minority government, with confidence and supply support from the Scottish Green Party. SNP leader Alex Salmond was elected First Minister on 16 May 2007; his slate of ministerial appointments were ratified by the Scottish Parliament the following day.
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