Halimah Yacob Becomes First Female President Of Singapore

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Halimah Yacob Becomes First Female President Of Singapore


Halimah Yacob has been elected as the first female President of Singapore on Wednesday 13th September 2017 after emerging the only eligible candidate in the country.

President Yacob aged 63 became the eighth president in a walkover election where she did not contend the position with anyone.

Halimah Yacob

 

The two others, Farid Khan and Salleh Marican, that contested the position earlier were denied eligibility as they were unable to satisfy the constitutional rule.

The rule required that anyone interested in contesting for the presidency in the country from a private sector must have led a company with shareholder equity of at least 500 million Singapore dollars (372 million dollars).

Yacob had held a key public position in Singapore as the speaker of parliament for three years in a row.

While delivering her speech, the first female president in 47 years appreciated her supporters and called the moment as: “a proud moment for Singapore, for multiculturalism and multiracialism.”

The election was praised by some of the citizens but raised criticisms amongst others who felt there was a lack of democratic process in the country

President Yacob in her historical speech said: “I am a president for everyone, regardless of race, language, religion or creed.”

The President-elect, Halimah Yacob will be sworn into office on Thursday the 14th of September 2017.

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