No Election Needed: Singapore Installs First Female President

SINGAPORE—The predominantly ethnic-Chinese city-state of Singapore will swear in its first minority Malay president in 47 years after strict new qualifying criteria, aimed at balanced racial representation, made the former speaker of Parliament and longtime member of the ruling party the only candidate.

Halimah Yacob, 63, will also be the first female holder of the largely ceremonial presidency of the Southeast Asian country of some…

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