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Singapore names new president

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Singapore's new president-elect Halimah Yacob (C) addresses supporters at the nomination centre in Singapore. AFP

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Singapore named a former speaker of parliament as the multicultural city-state’s first woman president yesterday while critics expressed dismay that other candidates were disqualified and the election went uncontested. Aiming to strengthen a sense of inclusivity, Singapore had decreed the presidency, a largely ceremonial six-year post, would be reserved for candidates from the minority Malay community this time. The returning officer declared Halimah Yacob, 63, elected yesterday after nominations closed. Of the four other applicants, two were not Malays and two were not qualified to contest, the elections department said on Monday. Ms Halimah had automatically qualified because she held a senior public post for over three years.

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