Shona Robison is to replace Kate Forbes as Scotland's finance secretary after new first minister Humza Yousaf announced his first cabinet yesterday.

Ms Robison has been given the finance brief as well as serving as deputy first minister.

She was responsible for introducing the controversial gender reforms in her previous role as social justice secretary.

The announcement came as Mr Yousaf unveiled his new cabinet team after being formally sworn as first minister in a brief ceremony at the Court of Session.

Other key appointments include Michael Matheson taking over from Mr Yousaf as health secretary, while former transport minister Jenny Gilruth will join the full cabinet for the first time as education secretary.

Another cabinet newcomer, Mairi McAllan, will be the net zero and just transition secretary at the age of just 30.

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And Neil Gray, who led Mr Yousaf's SNP leadership campaign, also joins the cabinet after being given responsibility for the wellbeing economy, fair work and energy briefs.

The SNP's deputy leader, Keith Brown, has been replaced by Angela Constance as the country's justice secretary.

The remaining three members of the nine-strong cabinet team are:

  • Mairi Gougeon, who remains the rural affairs secretary.
  • Angus Robertson, who is still the secretary for the constitution, external affairs and culture.
  • Shirley-Anne Somerville, who becomes cabinet secretary for social justice.

The full list of 18 non-cabinet ministerial roles was also announced on Wednesday, including a new post of minister for independence which will be filled by Jamie Hepburn.

The BBC says the co-leaders of the Scottish Greens, Patrick Harvie and Lorna Slater, have been reappointed to the roles they held under Nicola Sturgeon as part of the partnership agreement with the SNP.

There is no role in Humza Yousaf's government for defeated SNP leadership candidate Ash Regan.

Kate Forbes, who was narrowly defeated by Mr Yousaf in the contest, is leaving the government.

She had been offered a new role by Mr Yousaf that would have given her Ms Gougeon's rural affairs job rather than finance - which would generally be viewed as a demotion - but turned it down.

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