Morning Minutes: What will make headlines, Nov 8, 2016

The president's chair, flanked by the state flag and the presidential flag at the Istana.
The president's chair, flanked by the state flag and the presidential flag at the Istana.PHOTO: ST FILE

Good morning! Morning Minutes is a round-up of stories that will break on Tuesday (Nov 8) and which we think you'd be interested in.

It appears on weekdays, available by 7am.

Debate on elected presidency continues  

Parliament will continue debating amendments to the Constitution on changes to the elected presidency today (Nov 8). But before the debate resumes, several MPs have questions for Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say on portable medical benefits for workers. There are also questions for National Development Minister Lawrence Wong on the Home Improvement Programme and whether it can be extended to flats built after 1986 when they reach 30 years.

US voters elect next president: Will it be Trump or Clinton?


America will go to the polls today (Nov 8) to elect either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump to the presidency. PHOTO: REUTERS

United States voters go to the polling booths to choose their next president today (Nov 8), with Dixville Notch in New Hampshire kicking things off with a vote early in the morning. 

But the majority of polling booths open at 1pm Singapore time and will only begin to close at 8am Singapore time on Wednesday. The US-wide results will be known at around 11am Singapore time on Nov 9. 

Former Malaysian PM Mahathir to attend meeting in Parliament


Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad is expected in Parliament today (Nov 8) to attend a meeting with opposition members. PHOTO: EPA

Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad is expected to turn up at Parliament today (Nov 8) to attend a meeting involving opposition Members of Parliament. 

Dr Mahathir is not an MP, but his attendance will stir deep political interest. 

Malaysia’s longest-serving prime minister, Dr Mahathir is still trying to find his feet as founding chairman of the country’s newest opposition party, the PPBM. 

China's import and export figures out today


Trucks transport containers at a port in Qingdao, east China's Shandong province. PHOTO: AFP

China will release its import and export figures for October today (Nov 8). China's September exports had fallen 10 per cent from a year earlier, far worse than expected, while imports unexpectedly shrank after picking up in August, suggesting signs of steadying in the world's second-largest economy may be short-lived.  A weaker trade reading could raise concerns about the economy, which was stabilising and perhaps even slowly picking up in recent months.