Singapore

Madam Halimah Yacob, 63, became the first woman and first Malay in 47 years to ascend to the highest office, after successfully filing her nomination papers on Wednesday (Sept 13) as the sole eligible candidate for this year's reserved Presidential Election.

She will be officially sworn in as Singapore's eighth President on Thursday, 6pm, at the Istana, the Prime Minister's Office announced.

Returning Officer Ng Wai Choong declared Mdm Halimah as the President-elect at the People's Association headquarters along King George's Avenue to loud cheers by hundreds of Mdm Halimah's supporters.

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