Singapore’s Speaker Of Parliament Halimah Yacob Will Contest For Presidential Election

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updated: August 07,2017 13:45 IST

Halimah Yacob (Left) | AFP
Halimah Yacob (Left) | AFP

SINGAPORE: Singapore’s Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob will challenge for presidential race one month from now, turning into the main lady to keep running for the most astounding office.

Halimah, 62, will venture down as speaker, a post she has held since 2013, and as a MP for Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC, The Straits Times revealed.

She will likewise leave from the People’s Action Party, where she is an individual from the focal official board of trustees.

Declaring her choice, Halimah, who had been out in the open administration for a long time, told occupants and grassroots pioneers that, “Participating in the presidential race would enable me to proceed with my support of the general population of Singapore.”

The up and coming decision is held for Malay applicants, following changes to the law a year ago to guarantee the administration mirrors Singapore’s multiracial society.

She will likewise leave from the decision People’s Action Party, where she is an individual from the focal official advisory group.

“It was an extreme choice to make,” Halimah, with her 62year old spouse Mohammed Abdullah Alhabshee close by her, told journalists.

She has been the speaker since 2013 and took part as Malay people group pioneer in the 2001, 2006, 2011 and 2015 general decisions.

The current year’s presidential race will be held in September. Applications opened on Jun 1 and will close five days after the writ of race is issued at some point this month.