“In a recent development in New Delhi, Tharman Shanmugaratnam, of Indian origin and a former member of Singapore’s ruling party, emerged victorious in the country’s presidential race. He secured an impressive 70.4% of the total vote.
In Singapore, the president holds the position of head of state, while the role of head of government is assumed by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. Shanmugaratnam faced strong competition in a three-way race, competing against two candidates of Chinese descent, as indicated by the preliminary vote count released by the Elections Department.
At the age of 66, Tharman Shanmugaratnam will make history as Singapore’s third president of Indian origin. He expressed his gratitude and humility while addressing his supporters gathered at Taman Jurong Food Centre.
“I am deeply humbled by the resounding support that the people of Singapore have shown me,” Tharman stated. “This vote is not just a vote for me, but a vote for Singapore’s future, characterized by optimism and unity. My campaign has been centered on fostering optimism and unity, and I believe that is precisely what the people of Singapore desire.”
Tharman Shanmugaratnam officially launched his presidential campaign in July, pledging to shape Singapore’s culture to maintain its status as a beacon on the global stage. He has been an active participant in politics since 2001 and has dedicated over two decades to serving in various public sector and ministerial roles within the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP).
The term of the incumbent President Madam Halimah Yacob will conclude on September 13. She has been the eighth president of Singapore and the first female to hold this esteemed position.”