13 Sep '17, 5am

Singapore's first female president will be a hijab-wearing Muslim woman

Singapore is set to welcome its first female president ― a hijab-wearing Muslim woman named Halimah Yacob. Yacob was the only candidate to meet the stringent qualifications for presidency set up by Singapore’s Elections Department, the Straits Times reports. That means she’s likely to become president-elect after nominations close on Wednesday , and take her oath of office on Thursday. Since Yacob was the only candidate left standing, she’ll effectively win the presidency without an election ― a fact that has led to heated criticism from citizens of the city-state about its electoral process. “I can only say that I promise to do the best that I can to serve the people of Singapore and that doesn’t change whether there is an election or no election,” Yacob said about the news on Monday, according to Channel News Asia. The 63-year-old politician is the youngest of five child...

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