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New Shetland Island Council political leader elected

Steven Coutts and Emma MacDonald
Image caption Steven Coutts and Emma MacDonald were elected leader and deputy leader

The new political leader of the Shetland Islands Council has been elected.

Steven Coutts - councillor for Shetland West - has been filling the role on an interim basis after Cecil Smith stepped down as leader in March.

Mr Coutts - who was elected unopposed - said he was looking forward to the new challenge.

Emma MacDonald was selected as deputy leader.

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