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.