Singapore Elects Halimah Yacob, First Female President & Malay Leader in 47 Years

Halimah Yacob will be Singapore’s eighth President and the first woman to hold the position.

It’s confirmed: Halimah, 62,  is slated to become Singapore’s first Malay president in more than 47 years, beating two other potential candidates that fell short of the qualification criteria.

The Elections Department (ELD) on Monday (Sep 11) said only one Certificate of Eligibility had been issued for the contest, which was Halimah’s.

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,” says Halimah.

One of the main focus and function of the elected President is to act as a unifying force. Obviously there is work that I have to do, but the most important thing for me is I would like Singaporeans to work together with me,” she said, adding that the President represents all races, religions and communities in Singapore.

President Yusof Ishak was Singapore’s first President and the only Malay to have held the office. He did so until his death in 1970.

Originally posted on Channel News Asia

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