01 Sep '11, 12pm

Dr Tony Tan sworn in as Singapore's 7th President

Dr Tony Tan sworn in as Singapore's 7th President

SINGAPORE: Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam has been sworn in as the seventh President of Singapore at a ceremony held at the Istana. The 71-year-old former deputy prime minister took his oath in the presence of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Chief Justice Chan Sek Keong. Thursday's event was witnessed by Cabinet ministers, members of the judiciary, parliamentarians and senior civil servants. His term of office is for six years. Writing in his Facebook page, Dr Tan says he is deeply humbled by the opportunity to serve Singapore in his new role. Also present was Dr Tan's wife, Mrs Mary Tan. Dr Tony Tan was elected as President after a four-cornered contest for the Presidential Election held on 27 August. In all, Dr Tan garnered 35.2 percent of the total votes cast for the Presidential Election 2011 after the overseas votes polled were counted on Wednesday. He succeeds Mr S R Nathan...

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