01 Jul '11, 7am

President Nathan not seeking third term in office

Singapore: President S R Nathan says he has decided not to seek a third term in office. Mr Nathan, who is reaching 87 years old in a few days, said that at this stage of his life, he does not believe that he can undertake indefinitely the heavy responsibilities and physical demands of the position of the Head of State. In a statement on Friday, he added: "Over the past 12 years, I have tried to do my best as Head of State in all my duties, whether it be constitutional, ceremonial or community-related. "I have gained new insights into the lives of our people in all walks of life - the dispossessed, disabled, and impoverished as well as those able to enjoy the fruits of our economic progress. "I have sought public support for various social causes, benefitting the less fortunate. If I have fallen short, I would like the people of Singapore to know that this has not been for ...

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