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Halimah Yacob
حليمة بنت يعقوب
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8th President of Singapore
Assumed office
14 September 2017
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
Preceded by Tony Tan Keng Yam
Speaker of Parliament
In office
14 January 2013 – 7 August 2017
Deputy Charles Chong
Lim Biow Chuan
Preceded by Michael Palmer
Succeeded by Tan Chuan-Jin
Personal details
Born 23 August 1954 (1954-08-23) (age 67)
Singapore
Political party People's Action Party (2001–2017)
Independent (2017–present)
Spouse(s) Mohammed Abdullah Alhabshee
Children 5
Education National University of Singapore (LLB, LLM)

Halimah binti Yacob (Jawi: حاليمه بنت ياچوب; born 23 August 1954) is a Singaporean politician She is the 8th President of Singapore since September 2017.

Yacob was a member of the country's governing People's Action Party (PAP), she was the ninth Speaker of Parliament, from January 2013 to August 2017. She was a Member of Parliament (MP) representing Jurong Group Representation Constituency between 2001 and 2015, and Marsiling-Yew Tee Group Representation Constituency between 2015 and 2017. On 7 August 2017, she resigned from her positions as Speaker and MP, and from her membership in the PAP, to stand as a candidate for the 2017 Singapore presidential election.

In the 2017 presidential election, Yacob was the only candidate, thus winning the election.

President Halimah started off her statement by reminding people that COVID-19, is a huge threat, and that contamination is picking up rapidly in other parts of Asia. The number of COVID-19 cases in Singapore had been on the rise and imported cases will continue to be a concern.

Early life

Halimah is an Indian Muslim as her father is also an Indian Muslim. She has Malay blood. Her father was a guard. He died of a heart attack when she was eight. So she and her four siblings grew up with their mother. Her family was poor. She helped her mother sell nasi padang outside the Singapore Polytechnic (now Bestway Building) along Prince Edward Road.

Halimah went to Singapore Chinese Girls' School and Tanjong Katong Girls' School. She then went to the University of Singapore and got a Bachelor of Laws in 1978. In 1981, she went to the Singapore Bar. In 2001, she completed an Master of Laws at the National University of Singapore (NUS). She got an honorary Doctor of Laws by NUS on 7 July 2016.

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