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Singapore President Halimah Yacob will not be standing for re-election

She said in Facebook statement that the experience has been most inspiring and, at the same time, humbling

Singapore's President Halimah Yacob delivers the Presidential Address to the 14th Parliament on Monday, 24 August 2020. SCREENCAP: Mediacorpo telecast
Singapore's President Halimah Yacob (FILE PHOTO: Yahoo News Singapore)

SINGAPORE — Singapore President Halimah Yacob has decided not to stand for re-election after her six-year tenure ends this year.

The 68-year-old was elected unopposed as Singapore's eighth President in 2017. She was also the first female President of the city-state.

Here is her statement released on her Facebook page on Monday (29 May):

"In a few months’ time, the Presidential Election will be held. After very careful consideration, I have decided not to stand for re-election.

"It has been a great honour and privilege to serve as the eighth President of Singapore for the past six years. The experience has been most inspiring and, at the same time, humbling.

"I was aware of the tremendous responsibilities of the Presidency when I took office in 2017 and I have tried my best to fulfill them. My aim was to help create a more caring and compassionate society.

"I am grateful to all Singaporeans for their trust, understanding and kindness during my tenure, and to the many community, social and business organisations, who have inspired me with their conviction and enthusiasm to build a better Singapore.

"I have been most fortunate to be given the chance to serve all Singaporeans regardless of race, language, or social standing as the President of Singapore. I will forever cherish the fond memories of the people I have met, and the experiences acquired during my term. These will inspire me to continue contributing to our society and nation in other ways for as long as I am able to. I would also like to thank my husband and family for their unstinting support throughout my Presidency."

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