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SINGAPORE GETS FIRST WOMAN PRESIDENT - HALIMAH YACOB

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Halimah Yacob has been declared Singapore’s eighth president on Wednesday after a “walkover” election that saw no vote after other contenders no longer ran for the position.

Mrs. Yacob, 63, had been the only candidate deemed eligible to stand in the country’s Elections Department, having held a key public position as Speaker of Parliament for three years.

The other two contenders, Salleh Marican and Farid Khan, were both denied eligibility, having fallen short of a constitutional rule that required any candidate from the private sector to have led a company with shareholder equity of at least 500 million Singapore dollars (372 million dollars).

Following the announcement, Yacob thanked her supporters in a speech, calling it “a proud moment for Singapore, for multiculturalism and multiracialism.”

Mrs. Yacob is Singapore’s first Malay president in 47 years, and the first woman to occupy the president’s office.

While some have applauded the historic moment, the election has also drawn public criticism due to what was seen as a lack of democratic process.

Mrs. Yacob addressed these concerns, saying “I am a president for everyone, regardless of race, language, religion or creed.”

The president is vested with the responsibility of overseeing the country’s national asset reserves but does not hold any of the executive powers of the prime minister or members of the cabinet.

Mrs. Yacob is expected to be sworn into office on Thursday.

The last Malay to hold the presidency was Yusof Ishak, whose image adorns the country’s banknotes

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  1. 👏👏👏👏 this is awesome. Women should be given a chance to rule. Since men are doing nothing.

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  2. Jst wish dis cld happen in nigeria men don 2 do!!!!

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  3. Nigeria will not never allow a woman to become a governor...... Is this life?

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  4. woman after giving apple una won destroyed us

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  5. una finish Adam.. una won finish the world

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  6. This odewole self.if we nor give una apple how una go take open eyes? If you talk any how now I will just take the Apple back and see if you won't be naked 😂😂

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