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Singapore former deputy PM Tharman to run for president

Veteran politician known by first name to step down as monetary authority chair

Tharman Shanmugaratnam at a G20 meeting in Germany in 2017. The politician made the surprise announcement that he will run for a largely ceremonial post on June 8.   © Reuters

SINGAPORE -- Singapore former Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam on Thursday announced that he has decided to run for the city-state's presidential election due to be held by Sept. 13.

Tharman, widely known by his first name, is also a former chairman of the International Monetary Fund's policy advisory committee.

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