September 11, 2017 / 9:56 AM / 9 months ago

Malay set to be Singapore's first woman president - Straits Times

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - A former speaker of Singapore’s parliament, Halimah Yacob, was set to become the city-state’s first woman president after other candidates did not qualify for the contest, the Straits Times newspaper reported on Monday.

FILE PHOTO: Halimah Yacob (L), Speaker of the Parliament of Singapore inspects the honour guard, accompanied by Cambodia's President of the National Assembly Heng Samrin (R) during an official welcoming ceremony in front of the Cambodian National Assembly in Phnom Penh May 7, 2015. Yacob is on a three-day visit to Cambodia. REUTERS/Samrang Pring/File Photo

The largely ceremonial post had been reserved this year for candidates from the ethnic Malay minority. Only Halimah was given the certificate of eligibility to contest the election by the Presidential Elections Committee, the Straits Times reported on its website.

Reporting by Aradhana Aravindan; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan

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