Singapore's former minister of Indian descent wins presidential election

Singapore's former minister of Indian descent wins presidential election

Singapore's former minister of Indian descent wins presidential election

In the city-state's first competitive election for the mostly ceremonial role in more than ten years, Tharman Shanmugaratnam, a former deputy prime minister of Singapore, won the presidency on Friday, according to official results.
The 66-year-old economist received 70.4 percent of the vote, which was enough to defeat two rival candidates, according to the Elections Department.
Tan Meng Dui, the election returning officer, declared Mr. Tharman Shanmugaratnam to be the legitimately elected candidate for president of Singapore.

In 2017, incumbent Halimah Yacob, who was unchallenged for a six-year term, was replaced by Mr. Shanmugaratnam.
The office, which technically manages the city's amassed financial reserves and has the authority to veto certain actions and authorise anti-graft investigations, has strict qualifications.

Before he quit to compete for the non-partisan office of president, Mr. Shanmugaratnam, a former finance minister and longtime PAP supporter, was a pillar of the party.

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