05 Aug '11, 11pm

Shanmugam: Elections do not change #sgpresident 's powers: So he still only has the power of shut up & be invisible.

Shanmugam: Elections do not change #sgpresident 's powers: So he still only has the power of shut up & be invisible.

Law Minister K Shanmugam said on Friday that the process of direct elections does not change the scope of the Elected President's powers as set out in the Constitution. -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI LAW Minister K Shanmugam said on Friday that the process of direct elections does not change the scope of the Elected President's powers as set out in the Constitution. And the Constitution states that the President can speak on issues only as authorised by the Cabinet, he said at a Institute of Policy Studies forum. "If a head of state challenges the Government, he will be acting unconstitutionally," Mr Shanmugam added. The 1991 amendment to the Constitution, which made the presidency an elected position, gave the president veto powers in five areas, including the spending of past reserves. He was speaking at an Institute of Policy Studies forum on the role of the roles, responsib...

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