KUALA LUMPUR: Singapore made history today as it officially announced its first female President, Halimah Yaacob.
Halimah was declared as the republic’s President-elect by Singapore’s returning officer Ng Wai Choong, after nomination closed at noon.
She is the country’s eighth President.
While the presidential election was reserved for Malay candidates this year, no election was needed after two other candidates failed to qualify.
“I am a President for everyone. Even though this is a reserved election, I am not a reserved President,” Halimah was quoted by Channel News Asia as telling her supporters gathered at the Nomination Centre today.
Halimah called for unity as she thanked her countrymen, stating that ‘the best is yet to come’.
“We need every Singaporean to stand together shoulder to shoulder… We have not reached the peak yet,” she said.
Previously, Halimah, 63, held the role of Speaker of Parliament between January 2013 and August 2017.
She was also a Member of Parliament representing the Jurong Group Representation Constituency.
Halimah resigned from both posts in order to stand as a candidate for the republic island’s presidential election. – MO