Halimah Yacob Singapore’s Speaker of Parliament has said on Sunday (July 16) that she is considering standing in the coming Presidential election in September.
Her comment follows months of speculation about her possible participation in the election reserved for Malay candidates. Madam Halimah, 62, had previously refused to confirm or deny rumours about her intent to run for presidency.
She was speaking at a Hari Raya celebration in her Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC constituency.
Madam Halimah has been a Speaker of Parliament since Jan 14, 2013. The position is the third highest role in public office.
As part of her role, she is required to assume the duties of the President should both the President and the chairman of the Council of Presidential Advisers be away.
In order to be eligible for the election, Madam Halimah will have to step down as Speaker of Parliament and MP of Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC by Nomination Day.
She will also have to resign from the People’s Action Party of which she is a member of the central executive committee.
So far, only two other people have announced their intention to run: chairman of marine service provider Bourbon Offshore Asia Pacific, Farid Khan Kaim Khan, 62, and Second Chance properties chief executive officer, Mohamed Salleh Marican, 67.
The last day to submit an application for the election is five days after Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong issues the writ of election. He is expected to do so in late August.