ALEX SALMOND has said he intends to stand again for First Minister “whatever the political circumstances” after the referendum.
In one of his clearest indications that he will stand for re-election if Scotland votes No, Mr Salmond told the Daily Record: “I intend to stand again in 2016.
“Whatever the political circumstances, there will be an election in 2016 and the people will choose the First Minister.
“I hope to be a candidate in an independent Scotland and I believe I will be a candidate in an independent Scotland.
“But I am not presuming that I will be First Minister, it is up to the people to decide.
“It will be for the people of Scotland to decide in any circumstances whether I will be First Minister.
“But I am available to discharge the duties of First Minister if that is what the people want.”
Mr Salmond has said previously that he hopes to serve a full term if he is elected to lead the first independent Scottish Parliament.
“I would intend to serve and I would be at the disposal of the people in my party,” he told ITV Border in January.
When asked if he would lead Scotland to another referendum if Scotland votes No in September, Mr Salmond told the BBC’s Andrew Marr show on Sunday: “My view is referendum and the constitution are once in a political generation.”
His deputy Nicola Sturgeon has suggested a generation could be as little as 15 years.