First Minister Nicola Sturgeon spoke of her "great sadness" after the resignation of former SNP leader Alex Salmond.
Mr. Salmond announced Wednesday that he is quitting for alleged sexual misconduct. 19659007] The former Prime Minister said that he intends to file a motion to reopen the party as soon as he has the opportunity to release his name.
Ms. Sturgeon called Salmond her "friend and mentor for nearly 30 years" and said she understood his decision.
But she said, "The hard fact remains that the Scottish government received two complaints that could not be ignored or swept under the carpet."
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Mr Salmond, of 2007 until 2014, Scottish Prime Minister and oversaw the independence referendum, released a video on social media Wednesday night about his resignation from the SNP
It follows last week's accusation of two Scottish government employees about his behavior when he was first minister.
Mr Salmond has described the allegations as "patently ridiculous" and has taken legal action against the Scottish Government to settle the claims.
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"Innocent until proof of guilt"
In his statement, Mr. Salmond said that he had stopped because he wanted to avoid potential divisions within the SNP, which was confronted with demands to suspend him.
He stated: "I have not come into politics to support opposition attacks by the SNP and, after the parliament returned next week, I have submitted my resignation to eliminate this line of opposition attack.
"Most of all, I realize that if the party were forced to suspend me, it would cause considerable internal divisions.
He added, "For my part, it has always been a very bad idea to expose any party member to complaints and allegations." Innocent, until proven guilty, is central to our concept of justice. "
Mr. Salmond – who brought the SNP closer to its goal of independence than ever – said he had been a member of the party for 45 years, 20 of them as leaders.
He said, "I love the SNP and the broader independence movement in Scotland, they were the defining obligation of my life, but today I wrote to the national secretary of the party that gives up my membership."
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The current SNP Chair, Ms. Sturgeon, said she "felt a great sadness about the whole situation".
"I know Party members will be upset over this news, just like me," she added.
"I also know that there are many questions that can only be answered in abundance. It is important that now all legal processes take their course."
Daily Record broke news of allegations of sexual abuse last Thursday.
The paper claims to have seen the wording of a lawsuit describing an incident allegedly taking place in the first week of December 2013 in the official residence of the first Minister in Edinburgh, Bute House.
The two women filed complaints in January of this year, just weeks after the Scottish government adopted a new complaints procedure in response to wider concerns over sexual harassment in Holyrood and Westminster.
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Mr Salmond claims that the subsequent investigation of allegations against him by senior Scottish government officials be "unfair and unfair".
He said he did not have a chance to "see the case against me and to challenge him properly" and that he "could not see the evidence".
Mr Salmond has also alleged that someone within the Scottish Government has "violated the confidential complaint procedure" "flagranously and repeatedly" by forcing details into the Daily Record.
He is now seeking a judicial review of the new appeal procedure. He launched a crowdfunding appeal to finance his lawsuit.
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- First Scottish Minister 2007 – 2014
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The complaints against Mr Salmond have been forwarded to Police Scotland, which has stated that it is evaluating the information.
Salmond returned to front politics when he was elected as an SNP MP for Gordon in 2015 and became foreign policy of the party. Englisch: www.mjfriendship.de/en/index.php?op…80&Itemid=58 because he hosted the Alex Salmond show at Russian station RT, which was described as a propaganda channel for the Kremlin claim that Mr Salmond has denied.