Halimah Yacob

Halimah Yacob
Republic of Singapore President Halimah Yacob witnesses the program proper during her visit to the Philippine Eagle Center in Davao City on September 11, 2019 (cropped).jpg
Halimah in 2019
8th President of Singapore
Assumed office
14 September 2017
Prime MinisterLee Hsien Loong
Preceded byTony Tan
Speaker of the Parliament of Singapore
In office
14 January 2013 – 7 August 2017
DeputyCharles Chong
Lim Biow Chuan
Preceded byMichael Palmer
Succeeded byTan Chuan-Jin
Member of Parliament
for Marsiling–Yew Tee GRC
In office
11 September 2015 – 7 August 2017
Preceded byHawazi bin Daipi (PAP)
Succeeded byZaqy Mohamad (PAP)
Member of Parliament
for Jurong GRC
(Bukit Batok East)
In office
3 November 2001 – 24 August 2015
Preceded byConstituency established
Succeeded byRahayu Mahzam (PAP)
Minister of State for Social and Family Development
In office
MinisterChan Chun Sing
Minister of State for Community Development, Youth and Sports
In office
MinisterChan Chun Sing
Personal details
Halimah Yacob

(1954-08-23) 23 August 1954 (age 68)
Colony of Singapore
Political partyIndependent
Other political
People's Action Party (2001–2017)
(m. 1980)
ResidenceThe Istana
EducationNational University of Singapore (LLB, LLM)

Halimah Yacob (born 23 August 1954) is a Singaporean politician and former lawyer who has been serving as the eighth president of Singapore since 2017. Prior to her presidency, she was the country's parliament speaker. She is also the first female president in Singapore's history.

A former member of the governing People's Action Party (PAP), she was the Member of Parliament (MP) representing the Bukit Batok East ward of Jurong GRC between 2001 and 2015, and the Marsiling ward of Marsiling–Yew Tee GRC between 2015 and 2017.[1][2]

She resigned from the party and became an independent to run for the 2017 presidential election and won an uncontested election after the other candidates except for her did not meet the criteria to qualify.[3][4]

The election was specifically reserved for candidates from the Malay community due to an amendment made to the Constitution.

  1. ^ U-Wen, Lee. "Halimah Yacob declared president-elect after walkover victory". Channel NewsAsia. Archived from the original on 25 December 2018. Retrieved 13 September 2017.
  2. ^ "Who is Halimah Yacob, Singapore's first female President?". Channel NewsAsia. Archived from the original on 25 December 2018. Retrieved 13 September 2017.
  3. ^ "PM Lee accepts Halimah Yacob's resignation from the PAP". Channel NewsAsia. 7 August 2017. Archived from the original on 7 August 2017. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  4. ^ "Halimah Yacob named Singapore's first female president". Al Jazeera. 13 September 2017. Archived from the original on 2 May 2019. Retrieved 14 September 2017.

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