Halima Yacob elected as Singapore's first woman President

by International | 13-09-2017 | 333 views

Halimah Yacob, a former speaker of parliament, was declared elected as Singapore’s first woman president, after the returning officer announced she was the sole candidate to qualify for the contest. Aiming to strengthen a sense of inclusivity in the multicultural city-state, Singapore had decreed the presidency, a largely ceremonial post, would be reserved for candidates from the minority Malay community this time.

“Although this is a reserved election, I’m not reserved president.” Halimah said in a speech at the elections department office. “I’m a president for everyone.”

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