Roaring first for new Singapore head

Central Station | 13 Sep 2017

Halimah Yacob will see two firsts today, when she's named Singapore's first-ever woman president, as well as its first Malay head of state in more than 47 years, and only the second since independence in August 1965.

Halimah, 63, was the only candidate who automatically qualified for the election, having served as speaker of parliament for more than three years.

The other two were rejected.

Returning officer and Energy Market Authority chief executive Ng Wai Choong, will declare Halimah president today, making her Singapore's eighth president.

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