Singapore’s first female president is a Hijab-wearing Muslim woman
Singapore now has its first ever female president ― a hijab-wearing Muslim woman named Halimah Yacob.
In this particular election, only candidates from the minority Malay group were able to qualify. Malays form just over 13 per cent of Singapore’s population of 3.9 million.
Candidates also had to meet strict criteria in regards to their careers – they had to either have held a top public post, or have been a chief executive of a private company with at least $370 million in shareholders’ equity.
Yacob automatically qualified as a former speaker of parliament. As she had no opponent, the election went uncontested, and the 63-year-old was declared president-elect after nominations closed on Wednesday.
The president-elect has responded to criticism by saying: “I can only say that I promise to do the best that I can to serve the people of Singapore and that doesn’t change whether there is an election or no election.”
Yacob will not only make history as the city state’s first female president, but also as a hijabi woman.
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