Singapore’s President-opt for Halimah Yacob and her husband Mohammed Abdullah Alhabshee address supporters before leaving the nomination centre in Singapore September thirteen, 2017. REUTERS/Edgar Su
Halimah Yacob, a former speaker of parliament, used to be declared elected as Singapore’s first lady president on Wednesday, after the returning officer announced she used to be the sole candidate to qualify for the contest.
Aiming to beef up a sense of inclusivity within the multicultural city-state, Singapore had decreed the presidency, a generally ceremonial publish, could be reserved for candidates from the minority Malay community this time.
“Although this can be a reserved election, I’m now not a reserved president,”
Halimah stated in a speech on the elections department place of job.
“I’m a president for everyone.”
Halimah’s experience as apartment speaker robotically qualified her underneath the nomination rules.
Of the four different applicants, two were not Malays and two were not given certificates of eligibility, the elections department stated earlier this week.
The final Malay to hold the presidency used to be Yusof Ishak, whose image adorns the country’s banknotes.
Yusof was once president between 1965 and 1970, the primary years of Singapore’s independence following a short-lived union with neighboring Malaysia, however govt power lay with Lee Kuan Yew, the country’s first prime minister.
The separation of Singapore from Malaysia gave ethnic Malays a clear majority in Malaysia, whilst ethnic chinese shaped the bulk in unbiased Singapore.