President of Singapore

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President of the
Republic of Singapore
  • Presiden Republik Singapura  (Malay)
  • 新加坡共和国总统 (Chinese)
  • சிங்கப்பூர் குடியரசின் தலைவர் (Tamil)
Flag of the President of Singapore.svg
Presidential Flag
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 Yacob

since 14 September 2017
StyleMadam President (informal)
Her Excellency (formal, diplomatic)
AppointerElected by Parliament (1965–1991)
Direct election
(since 1991)
Term length6 years; renewable
Constituting instrumentConstitution of Singapore, Article 17
Inaugural holderYusof Ishak
Formation9 August 1965
SalaryS$1,680,000 annually

The President of the Republic of Singapore is the country's head of state. Singapore has a parliamentary system of government. Executive authority is exercised by the Cabinet who was led by the Prime Minister of Singapore. The current president is Halimah Yacob, who is the Singapore's first female president, who was elected unopposed at the 2017 presidential election.

The president's official residence and office is the Istana. However, no presidents since Yusof bin Ishak (1965–1970) have lived there.[1] The current president, Halimah Yacob, had wanted to stay in the HDB flat at Yishun, but if she fails to comply with the security requirements, she will have to move out. She is also the first female President of Singapore and first Malay head of state in 47 years since the death of Mr Yusof bin Ishak who was Singapore's first president.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Security stepped up at President-elect Halimah's Yishun housing block". Today. 13 September 2017. Retrieved 14 September 2017.