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Countdown to Singapore’s Presidential Election: The who and the what

By September, Singaporeans will know who their next president is going to be. Will Madam Halimah Yacob, the nation’s first female head of state, who has served since 2017, run again? What does the role involve, and what challenges will the president face? How might this election differ from previous ones? Insight speaks to observers to find out. 

Madam Halimah Yacob, flanked by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (left) and Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon, at her inauguration as the eighth President of Singapore at the Istana on Sept 14, 2017. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE – Amid global uncertainty and domestic anxiety over the cost of living, the next president of Singapore must be a unifying figure in whom Singaporeans have confidence.

The job of the head of state has not changed much over the years, but people have come to expect more, observers told The Straits Times.

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