Halimah Yacob becomes first female President of Singapore

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New Delhi: Halimah Yacob was declared the President-elect today after her nomination papers were found to be in order. She will be Singapore’s first female President and the first Malay head of state in 47 years.

A statement from the Prime Minister’s Office said,Halimah will be sworn in as country’s eighth President tomorrow evening at the Istana. Halima told supporters at the nomination centre after the Returning Officer declared her President-elect that even though this is a reserved election, she is not a reserved President.

On Monday, Yacob was certified by the Presidential Elections Commission as the only eligible candidate, and since she has no opponent, there will be no election.

This year’s Presidential Election was reserved for Malay candidates. Under amendments to the Constitution that came into effect in June this year, applicants had to show that they helmed a company with at least 500 million Singapore dollar in shareholders’ equity.

Halimah meets the criteria set out for those in the public sector, having held office for at least three years as Speaker.