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Independent Scotland's first parliamentary elections in 2016: First Minister

Published on Oct 20, 2013 12:39 AM

EDINBURGH (AFP) - Scotland will hold its first elections for an independent Parliament in 2016 if voters opt to leave the United Kingdom in a referendum next year, First Minister Alex Salmond said on Saturday.

Addressing the annual conference of his Scottish National Party, Mr Salmond said he would overturn key British government policies including the part-privatisation of the Royal Mail and the so-called "bedroom tax" if Scotland achieves independence.

Mr Salmond also challenged British Prime Minister David Cameron, of the Conservative party, to take part in a head-to-head television debate before the referendum on Sept 18, 2014.

"We intend to win this referendum," Mr Salmond said to applause from the delegates in Perth, Scotland. "We are Scotland's independence generation and our time is now."

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