12 Sep '17, 11am

Singapore all set to nominate first female Muslim president

Singapore all set to nominate first female Muslim president

Former speaker of Singapore’s parliament Halimah Yacob. PHOTO: REUTERS SINGAPORE: A Muslim Malay, Halima Yacob is set to be formally nominated as Singapore’s first female president on Wednesday. Halimah Yacob, a former speaker of parliament from the city-state’s Muslim Malay minority, will be the first woman to hold the largely ceremonial role if – as expected. But the 63-year-old will avoid an election originally slated for September 23, as others hoping to run against her were judged by authorities not to have met strict eligibility criteria. Singapore PM denies nepotism amid family feud in parliament speech Singaporeans on Tuesday poured scorn on the process to select their new president, an establishment figure, deemed the only eligible candidate, meaning no election will be held. Five people had expressed an interest in becoming president of the tightly-controlled, af...

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