Halimah Yacob

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Halimah Yacob
حليمة بنت يعقوب
ஹலிமா பின்தி யாகொப்
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8th President of Singapore
Assumed office
14 September 2017
Prime MinisterLee Hsien Loong
Preceded byTony Tan Keng Yam
Speaker of Parliament
In office
14 January 2013 – 7 August 2017
DeputyCharles Chong
Lim Biow Chuan
Preceded byMichael Palmer
Succeeded byTan Chuan-Jin
Personal details
Born (1954-08-23) 23 August 1954 (age 64)
Political partyPeople's Action Party (2001–2017)
Independent (2017–present)
Spouse(s)Mohammed Abdullah Alhabshee
EducationNational University of Singapore (LLB, LLM)

Halimah binti Yacob (Jawi: حاليمه بنت ياچوب; born 23 August 1954) is a Singaporean politician[1] She is the 8th President of Singapore since September 2017.[2]

Yacob was a member of the country's governing People's Action Party (PAP), she was the ninth Speaker of Parliament,[3] from January 2013 to August 2017. She was a Member of Parliament (MP) representing Jurong Group Representation Constituency between 2001 and 2015, and Marsiling-Yew Tee Group Representation Constituency between 2015 and 2017. On 7 August 2017, she resigned from her positions as Speaker and MP, and from her membership in the PAP, to stand as a candidate for the 2017 Singapore presidential election.[4]

In the 2017 presidential election, Yacob was the only candidate, thus winning the election.[5]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Mdm Halimah Yacob", Singapore Parliament, retrieved 21 May 2011
  2. U-Wen, Lee. "Halimah Yacob declared president-elect after walkover victory". Retrieved 13 September 2017.
  3. "Halimah Yacob Became First Woman Speaker of the Singapore Parliament". Jagran Josh. 16 January 2013. Retrieved 16 January 2013.
  4. "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.
  5. "Who is Halimah Yacob, Singapore's first female President?". Channel NewsAsia. Retrieved 2017-09-13.