13 Sep '17, 4am

Singapore has named its first-ever female president. But not everyone feels like celebrating:

Singapore has named its first-ever female president. But not everyone feels like celebrating:

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Ms Yacob is a former MP from Singapore's ruling party Singapore has named its first female president, Halimah Yacob. A popular public figure, Mrs Halimah was widely expected to win the presidential election, but instead will begin her term amid controversy. So why are Singaporeans not happy to get the president many wanted? 'Selected, not elected' For starters, there hasn't been and won't be an election - she just got the job in a "walkover" because there were no other eligible candidates. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The PAP, led by Lee Hsien Loong (centre) has won every election in Singapore since independence in 1965 Singaporeans are used to predictable elections, with the same party winning every parliamentary poll in the carefully managed country's 52-year history, last time with a landslide. It's partly due to loyal...

Full article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-41237318

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