Indian-origin Tharman Shanmugaratnam wins a decisive victory in Singapore presidential election

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Indian-origin Tharman Shanmugaratnam won Singapore's presidential election, the first competitive election since 2011.

An Overview of the News

  • Tharman Shanmugaratnam won 70.4% of the vote, defeating two Chinese-origin contenders, Ng Kok Song (15.7%) and Tan Kin Lian (13.88%).

  • Tharman Shanmugaratnam has been in politics since 2001, served as Deputy Prime Minister from 2011 to 2019, and promised to develop Singapore's culture.

  • Madam Halimah Yacob's tenure will end on 13 September 2023.

  • More than 2.7 million voters participated in the election.

About Singapore

  • Southeast Asian city-state at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula.

  • Capital - Singapore

  • Official languages - English, Malay, Mandarin Chinese, Tamil

  • Currency - Singapore Dollar

  • Prime Minister - Lee Hsien Loong

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