01 Jul '11, 7am

President S.R. Nathan will not seek re-election

President S.R. Nathan will not seek re-election

President S.R. Nathan has announced that he will not be seeking re-election. -- ST PHOTO: ARUN MARU PRESIDENT S.R. Nathan has announced that he will not be seeking re-election. The 86-year-old will step down as President of Singapore after his second term ends on Aug 31 2011. In a two-page statement issued on Friday, he cited age as the main reason behind his decision: 'At this stage of my life, I do not believe that I can undertake indefinitely the heavy responsibilities and physical demands of the position of Head of State.' Reflecting on his 12 years in office, he said that he had gained new insights into the lives of people in all walks of life, including the dispossessed, the disabled, the impoverished as well as 'those able to enjoy the fruits of our economic progress'. President Nathan was first elected unopposed in 1999 and became the sixth president of Singapore. ...

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