Dharman Shanmugaratnam, hailing from the Uralu area of Jaffna, Sri Lanka, has been elected as the of the Republic of Singapore.
Election results declared yesterday (02) revealed an overwhelming vote of confidence in him, as he secured an impressive 70 percent of the total votes cast.
Prior to assuming the presidency, Shanmugaratnam had an illustrious political career, serving in key roles such as Singapore’s Finance Minister, Deputy Defense Minister, and Deputy Prime Minister.
“A vote for me is a vote for Singapore,” proclaimed President Dharman Shanmugaratnam upon his election, reflecting his commitment to the nation.
This historic moment marks the second occasion that a Tamil individual has risen to the presidency in Singapore’s political history.
In 1999, Chellappan Ramanathan, of Indian Tamil origin, became Singapore’s President, serving as the nation’s longest-serving head of state.