S’pore Speaker becomes first woman to vie for country’s presidency

Dhaka,  Mon,  21 August 2017
Published : 07 Aug 2017, 17:00:20
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S’pore Speaker becomes first woman to vie for country’s presidency

Singapore Parliament Speaker Halimah Yacob resigned Monday to run for the presidency in elections scheduled for next month, becoming the first woman to stand for the highest office in that country's history.

Ms Yacob said on her Facebook page that she had informed Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in a letter of her decision to quit as Member of Parliament and member of the ruling People's Action Party, says a report carried in The Statesman, quoting newswires.

This year's presidential election is reserved for candidates of Malay ethnicity, according to laws approved in 2016 with the aim of maintaining the multicultural nature of Singaporean society.

If there is no President from a particular ethnic community — Chinese, Malay, Indian — for five consecutive terms, the next election is reserved for candidates from that community.

The last Malay-origin person to hold office was the country's first president, Yusof Ishak, who served from 1965 to 1970.

Yacob, 62, has been in public service for 40 years, and in January 2013, became first woman to occupy the position of Parliament Speaker.
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