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
Incumbent
Halimah Yacob

since 14 September 2017
StyleMadam President (informal)
Her Excellency (formal, diplomatic)
ResidenceIstana
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
Websiteistana.gov.sg

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.

List of presidents[change | change source]

No. Portrait President Prior Office Term of office Elected
Took office Left office Time in office
1 Yusof Ishak.png Yusof Ishak[2]
尤索夫·宾·伊萨
யூசோஃப் பின் இஷாக்
يوسف بن إسحاق
Yang di-Pertuan Negara 9 August 1965 23 November 1970
[n 1]
5 years, 106 days Elected by Parliament
During this interval, the Speaker of Parliament, Yeoh Ghim Seng, was installed by Parliament as Acting President. 40 days
2 Benjamin Sheares[2]
本杰明·薛尔思
பெஞ்சமின் ஹென்றி ஷியர்ஸ்
Physician (general practitioner) 2 January 1971 12 May 1981
[n 1]
10 years, 131 days Elected by Parliament
During this interval, Speaker of Parliament, Yeoh Ghim Seng was installed by Parliament as Acting President. 165 days
3 C.V. Devan Nair[2]
சி.வி தேவன் நாயர்
琴加拉·维蒂尔·德万·奈尔
Member of Parliament for Anson 23 October 1981 28 March 1985
[n 2]
3 years, 157 days Elected by Parliament
During this interval, Chief Justice Wee Chong Jin was installed by Parliament as Acting President. 2 days
During this interval, Speaker of Parliament, Yeoh Ghim Seng was installed by Parliament as Acting President. 158 days
4 Wee Kim Wee[2]
黄金辉
வீ கிம் வீ
Ambassador to South Korea 2 September 1985 1 September 1993
[n 3]
8 years Elected by Parliament
5
Ong Teng Cheong.jpg
Ong Teng Cheong[2]
王鼎昌
ஓங் டெங் சியோங்
Deputy Prime Minister 1 September 1993 31 August 1999 6 years 1993
6 President of Singapore SR Nathan.jpg S. R. Nathan[3]
塞拉潘·纳丹
செல்லப்பன் ராமனாதன்
Ambassador to the United States 1 September 1999
[n 4]
31 August 2005 12 years 1999
1 September 2005
[n 4]
31 August 2011 2005
7 Tony Tan Keng Yam cropp.jpg Tony Tan Keng Yam
陈庆炎
டோனி டான் கெங் யாம்
Deputy Prime Minister 1 September 2011 31 August 2017 6 years 2011
During this interval, the Chairman of the Council of Presidential Advisers, J. Y. Pillay, served as Acting President.[4] 15 days
8 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
哈莉玛·雅各布

ஹலிமா பின்தி யாகொப்
حليمه بنت يعقوب

Speaker of Parliament 14 September 2017 Incumbent
(Term expires 13 September 2023)
4 years, 282 days 2017
Notes
  1. 1.0 1.1 Died in office of natural causes.
  2. Resigned.
  3. After the Constitution was amended in 1991, the term of President Wee was fixed to end on 1 September 1993.
  4. 4.0 4.1 S.R. Nathan was returned unopposed on Nomination Day in 1999 and 2005.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Security stepped up at President-elect Halimah's Yishun housing block". Today. 13 September 2017. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Former Presidents, Istana Singapore: Office of the President of the Republic of Singapore, 28 April 2006, archived from the original on 1 August 2008, retrieved 24 January 2009.
  3. President S R Nathan, Istana Singapore: Office of the President of the Republic of Singapore, 4 May 2006, archived from the original on 22 August 2008, retrieved 24 January 2009.
  4. Elgin Toh (1 September 2017), "Pillay takes on role of acting president: CPA chairman will fill post until after Polling Day on Sept 23, or Nomination Day on Sept 13", The Straits Times, p. A9.