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