Singapore is About to Elect Their First Female President

Nicholas Yong Yahoo News Singapore11 September 2017

12 de septiembre de 2017, 07:30Singapore, Sep 12 (Prensa Latina) Singapore Parliament former leader Halimah Yacob will be the first woman to take the presidency of Singapore, as published by the local press.

As she had no opponent, the election went uncontested, and the 63-year-old was declared president-elect after nominations closed on Wednesday. Most of the attendees were from labour unions, wearing their union t-shirts.

Mdm Halimah is the first female and second Malay president for Singapore.

"I am a President for everyone", said Yacob, whose post is more representative than executive.

The announcement late Monday by the Elections Department that only one candidate had qualified marks an underwhelming conclusion to a controversial election carried out under changes to the elected presidency system in Singapore voted through Parliament earlier this year.

Halimah Yacob has been declared Singapore's eighth president on Wednesday after a "walkover" election that saw no vote after no other contenders ran for the position. This is primarily due to the lack of presence of supporters for other candidates as two of the other candidates have been disqualified.

Authorities made a decision to allow only candidates from the Malay community to put themselves forward for the presidency to foster harmony in the city-state of 5.5 million people which is dominated by ethnic Chinese, and give more opportunities to minorities.

The last such president was Yusof Ishak, who was in office from 1965 to 1970, the first years of Singapore's independence.

Ethnically, Singapore is 74 percent Chinese, 13 percent Malay, 9 percent Indian and 3.2 percent are classified as "other". The country finally embraces the reign of its first female President-elect and first Malay head of state.

Yacob was certified by the Presidential Elections Commission as the only eligible candidate on September 11, which made her assume the post without an election.

The reserved election system and heightened eligibility criteria have now made it hard for the office to be a truly elected one. "Although there's no election, my commitment to serve you remains the same", she said, adding that she would "start working immediately" to bring the country together.

She emerged victorious among three popular and budding candidates, including businessmen Mohamed Salleh Marican and Farid Khan on the list.

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