SINGAPORE – Tharman Shanmugaratnam (image) is the brand new Head of State for Singapore after profitable the Presidential race by a decisive margin on Friday.
The previous senior minister obtained 70.40 per cent of the votes whereas former Group Chief Funding Officer of GIC Pte Ltd Ng Kok Tune (15.72 per cent) and former Chief Government Officer of NTUC Earnings Insurance coverage Co-operative Ltd Tan Kin Lian (13.88 per cent).
The official outcomes have been introduced by the Elections Division (ELD) barely after midnight. The result was not removed from the pattern depend outcomes that have been introduced earlier round 10.45 pm Friday.
On Fb, Tharman mentioned he was “really humbled by the robust endorsement” given by the voters within the nation’s Presidential Election.
“I consider the vote for me and what I stood for is a vote of confidence in Singapore itself, a vote of optimism in how we will progress collectively and assist one another as Singaporeans.
He additionally thanked his fellow candidates who’ve “put full effort and power into their campaigns, and made this a worthy contest.”
In the meantime, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong congratulated Tharman saying he has each confidence that the brand new president will perform his duties with distinction.
“As Head of State, he’ll signify us at dwelling and overseas, and train custodial powers, together with over the reserves and key appointments,” mentioned Lee in an announcement posted on the web site of Prime Minister’s Workplace early Saturday.
The prime minister additionally thanked all three candidates for placing themselves ahead on this Presidential election.
A Singaporean statesman and economist, Tharman, 66, served as Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister between 2011 and 2019, and as Senior Minister within the Cupboard between 2019 and 2023.
His different roles embody Chairman of the Financial Authority of Singapore between 2011 and 2023, and Deputy Chairman of GIC between 2019 and 2023.
Being a former member of Singapore’s governing Individuals’s Motion Social gathering (PAP), he was a Member of Parliament (MP) representing the Taman Jurong division of Jurong GRC between 2001 and 2023.
He made his political debut within the 2001 common election and was re-elected to Parliament 4 occasions at subsequent common elections in 2006, 2011, 2015, and 2020.
In July 2023, Tharman stepped down from Parliament and all his positions within the authorities and resigned as a member of the PAP so as to stand as a candidate within the presidential election.
As at 8pm Friday, 2,480,760 Singaporeans had solid their votes on the 1,264 polling stations islandwide. Some 50,152 votes have been rejected. – BERNAMA / pic BLOOMBERG