Halimah Yacob Becomes Singapore’s 8th President
Halimah Yacob, the former Speaker of Parliament on Wednesday emerged as 8th President of Singapore in an election which she was the only candidate after two other candidates were disqualified.
BlackBox Nigeria gathered that 63-years old Halimah was the only eligible candidate cleared for the presidential election after Salleh Marican and Farid Khan were disqualified as they fell short of a constitutional rule which required any candidate from the private secto to have led a company with shareholder equity of at least 500million Singapore Dollars ($372m).
Her emergence has since made her to break the record as the First Woman to occupy the country’s First position
Halimah in her speech revealed that she will work for every citizen despite becoming the President in a reserved election.
She said, “Although this is a reserved election, I’m not a reserved president. I am a president for everyone, regardless of race, language, religion or creed. A proud moment for Singapore, for multiculturalism and multi-racialism.”
Halimah who holds ceremonial powers as the President is expected to be sworn into office on Thursday, September 14th. Singapore’s Executive powers lies in the hands of it’s Prime Minister and members of the cabinet.