13 Sep '17, 5am

Our bit on Singapore's first female president #HalimahYacob, elected without a vote

Agence France-Presse @afp Published 1:14 PM, September 13, 2017 Updated 11:07 AM, September 14, 2017 MADAME PRESIDENT. In this file photo, former parliamentary speaker Halimah Yacob (R), named as the country's new president, waves to supporters with her husband Mohammed Abdullah Alhabshee as they arrive at the nomination centre in Singapore on September 13, 2017. Roslan Rahman/AFP SINGAPORE (UPDATED) – Singapore got its first female president Wednesday, September 13, but the milestone was overshadowed by criticism that her selection was undemocratic after she was handed the job without a vote. Halimah Yacob, a former speaker of parliament from the Muslim Malay minority, did not have to face an election for the largely ceremonial post after authorities decided her rivals did not meet eligibility criteria. It was not the first time in the affluent city-state – which is tight...

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