On Sunday (Aug 6), Madam Halimah Yacob announced her decision to contest the upcoming presidential election. If she is elected, she will make history as Singapore’s first female President – how exciting!
The 62-year-old unionist-turned-politician is the third person so far to declare her intention to run, with the other two being businessmen Farid Khan, 62, and Mohamed Salleh Marican, 67.
She stepped down from her positions as Speaker for Parliament and Member of Parliament for Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC on Monday, saying she had made the decision after careful consideration and consultation with friends, colleagues and family members.
Here are nine things you must know about the veteran politician: