11 Jun '11, 4am

"@YahooSG: What the S'pore president can and cannot do. #singapore"

"@YahooSG: What the S'pore president can and cannot do. #singapore"

Law Minister K Shanmugam explains the role of the President as laid out in the Constitution. (Yahoo! photo) Another government leader has stepped forward to clarify the President's role and powers. Citing the Constitutional position on the Presidential role, Minister for Law K Shanmugam stressed that the President "has custodial powers, not executive powers". "In other words, he can veto or block Government actions in specified areas, but he has no role to advance his own policy agenda," said Minister Shanmugam in a three-page statement issued to the mainstream media on Friday. "Recent comments in the media suggest some confusion over what the President can and cannot do," said Minister Shanmugam, who is also Minister for Foreign Affairs. He urged, "As the Presidential Elections approach, it is important for Singaporeans to understand what the President is elected and empo...

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