A 63 year old woman, Halimah Yacob has been declared Singapore’s eighth president on Wednesday after a “walkover” election that saw no vote after no other contenders ran for the position, as the first female presiden of Singapore
She 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 while the other two contenders, Salleh Marican and Farid Khan, were both denied eligibility, owing to the fact that they fell 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). [A queer rule]
Following the announcement, Yacob thanked her supporters in a speech, calling it a “a proud moment for Singapore, for multiculturalism and multi-racialism.”
Halimah Yacob is Singapore’s first Malay president in 47 years and the first woman to occupy the president’s office.