The leader of the pro-indepedence Scottish National Party was installed Wednesday at the head of the new government in Scotland.
Alex Salmond's party narrowly won elections May 3 that ended more than a half-century of dominance by the Labour Party.
In the campaign, Scottish Nationalists promised to hold a referendum on independence from the rest of the United Kingdom by 2010.
Salmond pledged to work with other parties.
"Scotland is ready for change, ready for reform," he said. "We are a small nation but we have a big future. We also have some big challenges."
Salmond, 52, led the Scottish National Party from 1990 to 2000, when he surprisingly stepped down. He caused as much suprise four years later when he became a candidate to again lead the party.
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