Singapore selects first female president

Source:Xinhua Published: 2017/9/13 18:05:29

Singaporean former Parliament Speaker Halimah Yacob was announced Wednesday as the country's eighth president and the first female president.

As the only qualified candidate in the election who is reserved for the country's Malay community, she was declared by the presidential electoral board as the new president shortly after she handed in her nomination forms and would be officially sworn in at the presidential palace Istana Thursday evening.

"Although this is a reserved election, I am not a reserved president," she told supporters after her victory, adding that she will work with and represent everyone.

The 63-year-old president-elect made the remarks at the People's Association Headquarters where the nomination for the head of the country took place.

Halimah Yacob became the country's first female Parliament Speaker in January 2013, a post she quitted last month in order to run for the president.

Singaporean former President Tony Tan Keng Yam ended his six-year term in office at the end of August, and starting from September, Council of Presidential Advisers chairman J. Y. Pillay has served as acting president until the new president is elected.

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