Sunday, August 28, 2011

Tony Tan Wins Singapore Presidential Poll

Singapore's former deputy prime minister, Tony Tan, has won the presidential election, becoming the seventh president.

He will be sworn in on September 1 at the beginning of a period of six years. The 71 year-old took just over 35 percent of the vote in the poll on Saturday, winning by a margin of less than 2 percent compared to the former MP Tan Cheng Bock. Tony Tan has campaigned on a platform to help the country withstand the financial crisis and economic crisis.

He was supported by senior government officials, trade unions and business groups. The president is a ceremonial head of state in Singapore, where a term of imprisonment authorized state funds and the right to veto certain key appointments.

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