Singapore prepares for first female president

Singapore prepares for first female president”

Halimah Yacob, the former speaker of Singapore's Parliament, is set to become the first woman president of Singapore.

Yacob, 63, undertook the role of Speaker of the Parliament from 2013 to August 2017.

Only people who have previously held public office or have exclusively worked in the private sector are eligible to run for president in Singapore, given that they meet constitutional requirements.

SINGAPORE'S next presidential election is on track to be declared a walkover, as the Presidential Elections Committee (PEC) announced on Monday that it has issued a certificate of eligibility (COE) to only one out of three applicants from the Malay community. Ensuring equal opportunities and proper representation have been keystones in establishing Singaporean national identity.

This kicks in when a racial group has not held the presidency in five continuous terms, or 30 years.

There will not be a poll and Halimah will start her term as President on Thursday.

According to a press release issued by the Prime Minister's Office, five candidates had applied for certificates of eligibility, only three of whom were Malays.

The legal amendment initially stirred some controversy in the city-state, which prides itself on meritocracy and equality.

"The process may be a reserved election but the President is for everyone, for all communities regardless of race and religion".

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