Halimah Yacob is set to become Singapore’s eighth president and its first female leader this week after other candidates were deemed ineligible.
Singapore’s area is only around 710 square kilometers, and its population is less than 6 million but despite its small area, it is the fourth leading financial center in the world. Its gross national product exceeded $508 billion last year and the per capita income exceeded $90,000, which is double that of France and around 3 times the Italian per capita income.
The Presidential Elections Committee declared Yacob, 62 years old, the only eligible candidate for the post which this year was reserved for candidates from the Malay minority and informed the other two candidates, Farid Khan and Salleh Marican, that they were ineligible.
The country’s constitution stipulates that the presidential candidate must have held a public post for at least three years. Yacob actually served as parliament speaker since 2013 and until August 2017.
Since she’s the only candidate, the elections scheduled for September 23 were cancelled and she will be appointed president on Wednesday.
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