28 Aug '11, 1am

[TODAY] Dr Tony Tan is Singapore's next President

SINGAPORE - The most keenly-contested Presidential Election lived up to its billing as the race went down to the wire. After a three-hour recount early this morning, former Deputy Prime Minister Tony Tan, 71, clinched victory over ex-Ayer Rajah MP Tan Cheng Bock, 71, by just 0.34 per cent - or 7,269 - of the votes. The early concession of defeat by former NTUC Income CEO Tan Kin Lian, barely two hours after the vote count got underway, belied the later drama. The lead changed hands several times throughout the night, according to unofficial updates from the four candidates' counting agents across the 162 counting centres. At about 1.10am, news filtered through that Dr Tony Tan had won by garnering about 8,000 votes more than his closest rival, Dr Tan Cheng Bock. Minutes later, the Elections Department issued a statement to announce a recount. Under the rules, a recount can...

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