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Apeksha Bagchi

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Halimah Yacob Becomes The First Woman President Of Singapore Amidst Criticism

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  •  September 13, 2017


Halimah Yacob, a former speaker of parliament from the Muslim Malay minority, became the first woman president of Singapore. She didn’t face much opposition, being the only candidate who met the requirements for the presidential elections. This has raised many eyebrows over the election process.

Apart from her, there were four other applicants, of which two were not Malays and two were found not qualified to contest the elections, as reported by the elections department said on Monday. Halimah held a senior public post for over three years and thus, had automatically qualified. Critics found it undemocratic to give her the top post without a vote.

“It would have restored some of the lost moral authority by her winning against credible opponents through popular votes,” said opposition politician Yee Jenn Jong in a blog post.

♡♚Rachel☆彡 on Twitter

At least people VOTED for Trump yknw??? On the other hand, NOBODY chose or even wanted Halimah Yacob. Bye Felicia. #NotMyPresident

Still a ♠️ on Twitter

Halimah Yacob is selected by Lee dictator. Not elected! #NotMyPresident #ZeroRespect

Yakub will take her oath of office on Thursday in a ceremony due to be held in Istana, the presidential residence and appears to be unfazed by the entire controversy. ”Although this is a reserved election, I‘m not a reserved president,“ Halimah said in a speech at the election nominations office. “I‘m a president for everyone. Whether or not there is an election or no election, my promise is to serve everyone and I will serve with great vigor, with a lot of hard work, with the same passion and commitment.”

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