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Singapore gets first woman president, Halima Yacob

By INS Correspondent , in Events , at September 13, 2017

Singapore: Singapore got its first woman president, Halimah Yacob, who was the only candidate who met the requirements for the presidential elections.

Halima, a 63-year-old Muslim of Malay descent, will take her oath of office on Thursday.

Halima, accompanied by her husband called for unity in a speech delivered in English and Malay.

The mother of five started her political career with the People’s Action Party (PAP), which has been governing the country since 1959, and entered the Parliament in 2001.

“We need every Singaporean to stand together shoulder to shoulder … we have not reached the peak yet and the best is yet to come,” Halima said in her address.

 

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