Monday, May 17, 1999 Published at 10:12 GMT 11:12 UK
Opening the Cabinet door
The executive is being announced on Monday
With the Scottish Parliament coalition now in place, the big guessing-game is who will win seats in the new cabinet.
The line-up is being announced on Monday.
Some of the faces certain to be included are familiar in Scottish and UK politics, others less so.
There are a couple of other dead certs, but apart from that, the field is open.
News Online looks at the possible members of Scotland's first cabinet for nearly 300 years:
Until last week, Frank McAveety was leader of Glasgow City Council. He gave up the post to become Labour's Scottish Parliamentary candidate in Glasgow Shettleston. The former teacher won and is a contender for the post of chief whip. His interests lie in arts and culture and he played a major role in delivering the city's local housing strategy.
It would be a brave person who would bet against Sam Galbraith, MSP for Strathkelvin and Bearsden, from continuing to have responsibility for Scotland's health. The 53-year-old former neurosurgeon has also had sport and the arts under his remit. He underwent a lung transplant in 1990 and is keen on preventative medicine such as blood pressure tests.
If a second cabinet role goes to the Lib-Dems, Argyll and Bute MSP George Lyon, a 42-year-old farmer, may be in the running for the agriculture minister's post. He is a former president of the National Farmers Union in Scotland and is the party's spokesman on industry and enterprise.
Mike Watson (Lord Watson of Invergowrie), MSP for Glasgow Cathcart, is in line for inclusion in Donald Dewar's inner circle. He was MP for Glasgow Central between 1989 and 1997 before becoming one of Labour's working peers in the House of Lords.
Another name on people's lips is Malcolm Chisholm, 50, MSP for Edinburgh North and Leith. Until last year he was Scottish Office under-secretary for local government, housing and transport.
Then there is Gordon Jackson QC, 50, who fought off the SNP to hold Glasgow Govan for Labour. He lists his interests as "all aspects of the criminal justice system and the constitutional implications for devolution". This might give him something in home affairs.
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