Singapore's first woman

The 63-year-old entered politics in 2001. Was first female speaker of parliament in 2013. — Reuters

Halimah Yacob, former speaker of parliament, declared president of Singapore today.

Reserved Election

Singapore had decreed presidency, a largely ceremonial post, be reserved for minority Malay community this time.


To strengthen a sense of inclusivity in multicultural city-state. 

Although this is a reserved election, I'm not a reserved president.

I'm a president for everyone.

 Halimah in her speech at elections department office

Halimah’s experience as house speaker automatically qualified her under the nomination rules.

Did you know?

 The last Malay to hold the presidency was Yusof Ishak (1965-1970) whose image adorns the country’s banknotes.

Source: Reuters