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Indian-origin economist Tharman Shanmugaratnam becomes the new President of Singapore

Utkarsh Classes 02-09-2023
Indian-origin economist Tharman Shanmugaratnam becomes the new President of Singapore Appointment 3 min read

Indian-origin economist and former senior minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam has registered a landslide victory in the Singapore presidential election. The election results were announced after midnight on 1 September 2023.

Tharman Shanmugaratnam was born in the year 1957 in Singapore. Shanmugaratnam has been associated with the People's Action Party (PAP) for more than 20 years.

  • Shanmugaratnam defeated two rivals of Chinese origin (N. Kok Song and Tan Kin Lian) in the first presidential election since 2011.
  • He received a total of 70.4 percent votes in the presidential election while his rivals N. Kok Song got 15.7% and Ten Kin Lian got 13.8% of the vote.
  • Tharman Shanmugaratnam, 66, served as the Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore from 2011 to 2019.
  • Tharman Shanmugaratnam entered politics in the year 2001. He also did many works in the public sector and also held the post of minister.

Third Indian-origin President of Singapore:

  • Tharman will be the third Indian-origin President of Singapore. Before Tharman, Indian-origin Sellapan Ramanathan and Chengara Veetil Devan Nair had also been President of Singapore.
  • Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Tharman Shanmugaratnam on his election as the President of Singapore, saying he looks forward to working closely with him to further strengthen the India-Singapore strategic partnership.

Singapore:

  • It is a small Southeast Asian country located at the southern tip of Malaysia. It is a vibrant and multicultural city state with a population of approximately 5.7 million people.
  • Singapore is known for its strong economy, advanced technology, and strict laws and regulations.
  • Singapore is also a major global financial centre and home to a thriving technology industry.
  • It is also a popular tourist destination due to its beautiful gardens, iconic landmarks and diverse food scene. It is a diverse country with a mix of Chinese, Malay, Indian and European cultural influences.
  • Capital: Singapore City
  • Currency: Singapore Dollar (SGD)
  • President: Tharman Shanmugaratnam
  • Prime Minister: Lee Hsien Loong.

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