Singapore's New President
This past weekend was the Presidential Elections in Singapore. Before 1993, the President of Singapore was chosen by Parliament but following amendments to the constitution in 1991, the Presidency became a popularly-elected office. Unlike the elections at home, the President is largely a ceremonial role because the Prime Minister actually holds the power here. I have read that the President usually just sides with the Parliament and has very few duties of his own. Regardless of his power, it was a big deal in Singapore- Public Transportation, restaurants and shops all were closed. A cab driver this week was telling us all about how much he loves Tony Tan, and had a copy of the newspaper with him that he was showing us. Although he won with only 35% of the vote, most people we have talked to have told us they really like him and are happy he won. Singapore has way more than 2 parties, so there is no majority needed to win the vote.