SINGAPORE-PRESIDENT - Singapore swears in first female president amid criticism
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Singapore, Sep 14 (AFP) Singapore today inaugurated its first female president amid stinging criticism that she is taking office without a vote.
Halimah Yacob, a former speaker of parliament from the Malay Muslim minority, won the presidency in a walkover after authorities decided her rivals did not meet strict eligibility criteria.
While the role is largely ceremonial, the president has veto powers on key government appointments and safeguards the country's substantial financial reserves.