Former Singapore deputy prime minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam was elected president Friday, in response to official outcomes, within the city-state’s first contested vote for the largely ceremonial place in additional than a decade.
The Elections Division declared the 66-year-old economist because the winner over two rival candidates after securing 70.4 % of ballots solid.
“I declare Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam because the candidate duly elected because the president of Singapore,” mentioned election returning officer Tan Meng Dui.
Mr Shanmugaratnam replaces incumbent Halimah Yacob who ran unopposed for her six-year time period in 2017.
“I imagine that it is a vote of confidence in Singapore. It is a vote of optimism for a future during which we are able to progress collectively,” Mr Shanmugaratnam mentioned in a speech earlier than the outcomes have been introduced.
There are stringent necessities for the place, which formally oversees town’s gathered monetary reserves and holds the facility to veto sure measures and approve anti-graft probes.
Observers mentioned Tharman Shanmugaratnam’s win is a lift for the ruling Folks’s Motion Get together (PAP), which is broadly perceived to favour his candidacy.
The occasion that has dominated Singapore constantly since 1959 has been damage by a uncommon spate of political scandals forward of the presidential vote.
Mr Shanmugaratnam, additionally a former finance minister, was a long-time PAP stalwart earlier than he resigned to run for the non-partisan place of president.
His independence had been questioned in the course of the marketing campaign due to his earlier ties with the federal government.
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