Singapore protesters denounce presidency
Hundreds of Singaporeans angered by the walkover victory of their first female president held a silent sit-in in a park yesterday, in a rare political protest denouncing the lack of an election. Halimah Yacob, a former speaker of parliament from the Malay Muslim minority, was sworn in on Thursday without a vote after two rivals were disqualified from running. The protest followed anger on social media over what critics said was the engineered victory of an establishment figure. While the role is largely ceremonial, the presidency has veto powers on key government appointments and protects the country’s substantial financial reserves. Ms Halimah is the first Malay president for five decades.