Anger in Singapore as first female president is elected without a vote


Halimah Yacob did not have to face an election after authorities decided her rivals did not meet strict eligibility criteria

An establishment stalwart has been named Singapore’s first female president but the milestone was overshadowed by criticism that her selection was undemocratic after she was handed the job without a vote.

Halimah Yacob, a former speaker of parliament from the Muslim Malay minority, did not have to face an election for the largely ceremonial post after authorities decided her rivals did not meet strict eligibility criteria.

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September 13th, 2017 by