20 Nov '16, 12pm

Singapore's next President: A look at potential contenders - Channel NewsAsia

SINGAPORE: Amendments to the Constitution were passed on Nov 9 , with Members of Parliament voting in favour of the Government’s proposed changes to the Elected Presidency 77 to six. Apart from tightening the eligibility criteria and strengthening the powers of the Council of Presidential Advisers, the Amendment Bill also put in place a “hiatus-triggered model” to ensure multi-racial representation in the Presidential office. Under the new rules, the next Presidential Election – due Aug 26 next year – will be reserved for Malay candidates. This means Singaporeans will have their first Malay President since Mr Yusof Ishak died in office nearly 50 years ago. After the amendments were passed, names of several potential frontrunners have surfaced. These are prominent figures in the Malay community, and are from both the public and private sectors. Leading the list is current S...

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