Singapore’s President Halimah Yacob made a significant announcement today (May 29), stating that she will not stand for re-election in the upcoming Presidential Election, which is scheduled to take place in a few months’ time.
President Halimah, who has served as the eighth President of Singapore for the past six years, expressed her gratitude and reflected on her time in a video, which she shared in her Facebook page.
“It has been a great honour and privilege to serve as the eighth President of Singapore for the past six years,” President Halimah said. “The experience has been most inspiring and, at the same time, humbling.” She acknowledged the immense responsibilities that come with the presidency and expressed her commitment to creating a more caring and compassionate society during her tenure.
President Halimah took office in 2017, becoming the first female president of Singapore and the first Malay president in 47 years. Throughout her term, she has strived to serve all Singaporeans regardless of their race, language, or social standing, aiming to foster unity and inclusivity within the nation.
In her post, she also thanked various community, social, and business organisations that have inspired her with their conviction and enthusiasm to build a better Singapore.
Reflecting on her experiences, President Halimah emphasised that she would forever cherish the fond memories of the people she has met and the lessons learned during her term. She expressed her determination to continue contributing to Singaporean society and the nation in other ways for as long as she is able to.
As President Halimah’s decision not to seek re-election sets the stage for the upcoming Presidential Election, political observers and citizens alike will now closely watch for potential candidates who may run for the esteemed office. The election will be a critical moment for Singapore as it determines the future leadership and direction of the country.
President Halimah’s announcement marks the end of a remarkable chapter in Singapore’s history, where she has left an indelible mark as a compassionate and dedicated leader. Her tenure as President has seen significant strides towards social cohesion, and her departure will undoubtedly leave a void to be filled by her successor.
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