The Scottish National Party (SNP) has won 46 seats so far and commands a clear lead as the vote count continues on Saturday.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s pro-independence party now needs 20 more seats for an absolute majority in the 129-seat Parliament.

She said on Friday that “a majority has always been a very, very long shot.”

“I’m feeling extremely happy and extremely confident that we are on track as the SNP for a fourth consecutive election victory and to have the ability to form a government again and that’s an extraordinary achievement for any political party,” she said in Glasgow.

The SNP is now set to win a fourth term in power in Scotland as it has received 47% of votes, according to results declared so far, with the Tories at 22% and Labour at 21%.

The turnout was over 70%, well above the national average of 55% in the 2016 elections.

As the count and results continue on Saturday, the Liberal Democrats have won four seats, Conservatives have three, and Labour secured two.

The election is significant in terms of its aftereffects, as a pro-independence majority in Parliament will mean a second independence referendum in the near future.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has rejected the idea of a new referendum on Scottish independence, repeatedly saying that Scots made their choice in a 2014 referendum.

However, Sturgeon has argued that circumstances have changed with Brexit, and Scotland has been dragged from the EU against its will as 62% voted to remain part of the bloc in 2016.

“I think that count is still taking place and we’ll have to see what happens,” Johnson told The Telegraph.

“I listened to the Scottish election carefully. My impression was that they moved away from the idea of a referendum, and I think very wisely.”

Johnson said now was not “anything like the time to have more constitutional wrangling.”

“I think a referendum in the current context is irresponsible and reckless. Let me leave it at that,” he added.

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