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Wednesday, 13 September 2017 - 18:20
Singapore's first female President chosen
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Halimah Yacob has been named Singapore's first female president after a "walkover" election that saw no vote after no other contenders ran for the position.

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

Yacob, 63, is expected to be sworn into office tomorrow.

She is Singapore's first ethnic Malay president in 47 years.

Authorities had decided to allow only candidates from the Malay community to put themselves forward for the presidency, a bid to foster harmony in the city-state of 5.5 million people which is dominated by ethnic Chinese.

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