What's Next: May 19, 2017

Iranian President and candidate in the upcoming presidential elections Hassan Rouhani speaking at a campaign rally in the north-western city of Ardabil on May 17.
Iranian President and candidate in the upcoming presidential elections Hassan Rouhani speaking at a campaign rally in the north-western city of Ardabil on May 17.PHOTO: AFP

Iranians vote for president

Iranians vote for their next president today, and the more historically reliable opinion polls indicate that President Hassan Rouhani is likely to win his bid for re-election.

Yet, his conservative challengers have put up a stronger fight than many had expected, attacking his government's economic record and accusing him of failing to improve living standards for the poor.


Awards for public officers

The best of Singapore's public officers and agencies will be recognised for their service and hard work today.

This will take place at the annual Excellence in Public Service Awards Ceremony. Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean will be giving a speech.


Malaysia announces GDP data

Surging exports and a resilient domestic demand may have led to a pick-up in the pace of growth in Malaysia, which is due to release its first-quarter gross domestic product (GDP) figures today.

A strengthening economy is pivotal for Prime Minister Najib Razak, who is widely expected to call early polls this year amid concerns that rising living costs could erode support for his long-ruling coalition.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 19, 2017, with the headline 'What's Next'. Print Edition | Subscribe