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Singaporeans miffed by 'reserved' presidential election

Social media bristles with discontent as Halimah prepares to enter office unopposed

Halimah Yacob was the only candidate given a certificate of eligibility on Sept. 11 by the Elections Department of Singapore.   © Reuters

SINGAPORE -- Singaporeans have taken to social media to express dissatisfaction that only Halimah Yacob has been approved to run for president later this month, thereby making a ballot unnecessary. 

Singapore's election department announced on Monday that Halimah, a former speaker of parliament, was the sole eligible candidate. This followed a significant amendment to the constitution earlier this year that reserves the office for a particular ethnic group if it has not been represented in the position for five consecutive terms. 

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