Singapore's First Female President Will Be A Hijab-Wearing Muslim Woman

Singapore Set to Have First Female President In Its History


That means there will be no election, and 63-year-old Halimah is set to be declared president-elect soon after nominations close at noon on Wednesday.

Mdm Halimah Yacob, People's Action Party's candidate for the Presidential Election has posted on her Facebook page on the eve of Nomination day, announcing that she will be making a pledge to Singaporeans and attached a hand-written letter that is addressed to everyone. But what could have been a notable milestone for Singapore's democracy is instead being publicly questioned as a rigged process, and her legitimacy is already coming under fire.

There will not be a poll and Halimah will start her term as President on Thursday.

Speaking to reporters briefly outside the Elections Department on Monday (11 September), the former Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC Member of Parliament was asked if she was anxious about public perception since she would not have to fight an election.

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 in shareholders' equity.

"I can only say that I promise to do the best that I can to serve the people of Singapore, and that doesn't change whether there is an election or no election", she said.

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Flores is heard repeatedly saying, "That's not right", and asks the officer why he's taking the vendor's "hard-earned money". Flores has launched a GoFundMe effort for Juan to cover his legal expenses and personal losses.

Singaporeans on Tuesday poured scorn on the process to select their new president, an establishment figure, deemed the only eligible candidate, meaning no election will be held.

"While reserving the presidential elections for only Malays is a highly symbolic gesture, there is a need to do more for concrete issues faced by the Malay community such as discrimination, lack of social mobility and relative poverty", lawyer Fadli Fawzi told CNN.

The city-state has a population of 5.6 million.

The rising threat of terrorism makes unity crucial, said outgoing President Tony Tan. "And when that happens, it's very important to ensure we do not allow it to destroy our cohesion, or to have tensions between the various communities", he was quoted as saying by The Straits Times newspaper.

Tan, a former deputy prime minister, was elected in a tight race in 2011.

Yusof was president between 1965 and 1970, the first years of Singapore's independence following a short-lived union with neighbouring Malaysia, but executive power lay with Lee Kuan Yew, the country's first prime minister.

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