Halimah Yacob confirms contest for Singapore presidency

SINGAPORE, 7 Aug 2017:

Singapore speaker of parliament Halimah Yacob yesterday confirmed she would be contesting in the upcoming presidential election, which has been reserved for Malay candidates.

Channel NewsAsia reported: “I recognise that the position of elected president has the tremendous capacity to do good for all Singaporeans and for Singapore.

“Hence, I wish to inform you that I will be contesting in the coming Presidential Election,” the Marsiling-Yew Tee group representation constituency (GRC) MP said.

Halimah, 62, also said that she would be resigning from her positions as speaker of parliament and Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC MP today.

The Singapore presidential election will be held next month.

So far, two other candidates have come forward – Second Chance Properties chief executive officer Mohamed Salleh Marican and Bourbon Offshore Asia chairman Farid Khan Kaim Khan.

Application for the 2017 presidential election certificates opened on June 1 and will close five days after the writ of election is issued this month.

Incumbent president Tony Tan Keng Yam will complete his term of office on Aug 31.

– Bernama

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