Singapore’s Member of Parliament Halimah Yacob is front runner to be the city state’s next president. Photo: AFP

Hopes for first female president grow as front runner emerges ... in Singapore

Observers back parliamentary speaker Halimah Yacob after government confirms plans to reserve contest for ethnic Malays

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Singapore’s Member of Parliament Halimah Yacob is front runner to be the city state’s next president. Photo: AFP
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Bhavan Jaipragas

Bhavan Jaipragas

Bhavan is Asia Correspondent for the SCMP, covering breaking news, politics, diplomacy, trade and Southeast Asian macroeconomic trends. His work for the Post's Asia desk also focuses on the region's multifaceted interactions with the United States and China. A Singapore native, Bhavan previously worked for Agence France-Presse.