Anger in Singapore as first female president is elected without a vote

Written by  The Guardian

Singapore has inaugurated its first female president amid increased criticisms that she is taking office without a vote.  



Halimah Yacob, a former speaker of parliament from Malay Muslim minority, won the presidency in a walkover after authorities decided her rivals did not meet strict eligibility criteria.


Halima was a member of parliament for the ruling people’s Action Party for nearly two decades before resigning to contest the presidency.


 While the role is largely ceremonial, the president has veto powers on key government appointments and safeguards the country’s substantial financial reserves.   

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