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Forget the Constitution, it’s the people’s choice, stupid!: Joshua Chiang/ “Candidates should run for the office...

Forget the Constitution, it’s the people’s choice, stupid!: Joshua Chiang/ “Candidates should run for the office...

“Candidates should run for the office that exists, not the one they wish to have,” Presidential hopeful Dr Tony Tan If the past two weeks were anything to go by, the Government is most likely sending a similar message to voters with regards to choosing the next Elected President: “Singaporeans should vote for the office that exists, not the one they wish to have.” Law and Foreign Minister K Shanmugam had been taking great pains to emphasize that the President’s power is a custodial one, not an executive one. According to him, the President can veto or block government actions in specified areas, but on all matters under the Constitution, must act in accordance with the advice of the Cabinet, including speaking out on issues. “He must follow the advice of the Cabinet in the discharge of his duties, “said Mr Shanmugam at a forum at the Institute of Policy Studies on 5th Augu...

Full article: http://theonlinecitizen.com/2011/08/forget-the-constituti...

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