02 Sep '11, 1pm

Institution of Elected President at crossroads: analysts - Channel News Asia

SINGAPORE: Analysts say the institution of the elected presidency is "at a crossroads" and how it will evolve will be closely watched by Singaporeans. At the Swearing-in ceremony of President Tony Tan on Thursday evening, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said the institution will evolve to take account new circumstances. Beyond the ceremonial event, Mr Lee spoke about how the institution needs to give Singapore a more resilient and stable political system. Mr Lee indicated that the fundamental purpose of the Elected Presidency, introduced in 1993, will not change. The fundamental purpose is for the the President and Council of Presidential Advisors to safeguard Singapore's reserves and protect the integrity of the public service. Analysts say the next six years will be formative in shaping expectations about the President's role. Associate Professor Eugene Tan, Law lecturer ...

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