Halimah Yacob: Singapore Gets First Female President


Former speaker of parliament, Halimah Yacob on Wednesday emerged as Singapore ’s eighth president after a “walkover” election that saw no other contenders run for the position.

63-year-old Halimah Yacob, broke the record as the first woman to occupy president’s office and Singapore’s first Malay president in 47 years.

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She was the only candidate deemed eligible to run in the country’s Elections Department after the other two contenders, Salleh Marican and Farid Khan, were both denied eligibility, having fallen short of a constitutional rule that required any candidate from the private sector to have led a company with shareholder equity of at least 500 million Singapore dollars (372 million dollars).

Halimah in a speech at the Elections Department office said:

“Although this is a reserved election, I’m not a reserved president. I am a president for everyone, regardless of race, language, religion or creed.

“A proud moment for Singapore, for multiculturalism and multiracialism.”

Halimah Yacob is expected to be sworn into office today (Thursday).

Meanwhile, the world largest encyclopedia Wikipedia, says it will increase Nigerian women visibility on the internet through its affiliate, Wikimedia Nigeria.

The President of Wikimedia User Group Nigeria (WUGN), Mr. Olaniyan Olushola, said this in a statement on Wednesday in Lagos. According to him, the group had partnered with the Radio WFM 91.7 to give visibility to Nigerian women.

He said that WFM 91.7 was Nigeria’s only radio station for women and their families, therefore, it would be used to boost the needed visibility of women.

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He added that as part of the partnership, a project tagged: ”Wiki Loves Women”, which was conceptualised in 2015 to give visibility to African women on Wikipedia would be aired on the station.

Olushola also added that being a Pan African initiative ”Wiki Loves Women” started in four African countries – Nigeria, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire and Cameroon.