Scottish referendum: Alex Salmond to quit as first minister

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Alex Salmond wanted Scotland to be an independent country

Alex Salmond is to step down as first minister of Scotland in November after voters rejected independence.

He will also resign as leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) after the "No" side won Thursday's referendum by 2,001,926 to 1,617,989 for "Yes".

The national split of the vote was 55% for "No" to 45% for "Yes".

Mr Salmond said: "For me as leader my time is nearly over but for Scotland the campaign continues and the dream shall never die."

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Scotland's First Minister had campaigned tirelessly over the last weeks in the build up to yesterday's historic vote

Speaking from Bute House in Edinburgh, the first minister's official residence, he told journalists: "I am immensely proud of the campaign that Yes Scotland fought and particularly of the 1.6m voters who rallied to that cause."