27 Aug '11, 8pm

Dr Tony Tan is elected 7th President of Singapore, wins by 7,269 votes

Dr Tony Tan is elected 7th President of Singapore, wins by 7,269 votes

Tony Tan is the 7th President of Singapore. -- PHOTO: REUTERS Dr Tony Tan has been voted Singapore's seventh President, in a race that had just 7,259 votes separating him and runner-up Dr Tan Cheng Bock. With such a small margin, the Returning Officer allowed a recount, bringing Singapore's second presidential election to a conclusion only at 4.25am - more than eight hours after polls closed. In the end, just over one-third - 35.2 per cent - of 2.1 million voters threw their support behind the former deputy prime minister who had campaigned on the platform that his would be a pair of steady and experienced hands in carrying out the President's custodial functions. But close to two-thirds did not. The voting patterns show a society more politically divided than ever before. As the new President of Singapore, one of Dr Tan's foremost priorities will be to win over those who ...

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  1. 28 Aug '11, 1am

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