A milestone today as former Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob was declared president-elect.
She will be sworn in as Singapore’s 8th President on Thursday at 6pm at the Istana.
With that, Mdm Halimah will be Singapore’s first ever female president, and first Malay head of state in 47 years.
Speaking at the nomination centre today, Mdm Halimah said:
“We need every Singaporean to stand together shoulder to shoulder… We have not reached the peak yet. The best is yet to come.”
She also urged Singaporeans to unite:
“I ask that we focus on the similarities that we have and not on the differences.”
Thanking her supporters who turned up to cheer her on, Mdm Halimah said:
“I am a President for everyone. Even though this is a reserved election, I am not a reserved President.”
Mdm Halimah, the endorsed candidates of the PAP-led government, was the only candidate approved to run in PE2017 – an election reserved for Malay candidates only which has been fraught with controversy.
Millionaire businessmen Salleh Marican and Farid Khan were barred from running as they didn’t meet the financial eligibility requirements.
Prior to her appointment, Mdm Halimah served as an MP for 16 years.
She resigned from her positions as PAP member, MP for Marsiling-Yew Tee and Speaker of Parliament to run for president.