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Changes to elected presidency arrived at after months of open dialogue

The elected presidency is not a perfect system but the changes to it are the best way of safeguarding Singapore's assets, said Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean.

Keeping path to Istana open to all

Institutions which uphold single objectives enjoy an easier existence than those with multiple key goals. The president as a symbol of unity would be a relatively uncontroversial part of Singapore's polity. But when it falls on the president, as someone who can rise above the political fray, to also preserve the national reserves and the integrity of key civil service appointments, the picture can get complex. This is because an apolitical role has to sit alongside roles which run the risk of politicisation.

House debates WP call for senate and referendum

The House saw a spirited debate yesterday after the Workers' Party (WP) proposed a popularly elected senate and called for a referendum on its ideas. Its first major statement on changes to the elected presidency being debated in Parliament came under fire from no less than a dozen People's Action Party MPs.

The debate is over, but we need to keep talking about race

After three days of debate, constitutional amendments on the elected presidency were passed in Parliament yesterday, including changes to ensure minority presidents are elected from time to time.

Viewpoints

Lessons on how not to pick a leader

Troubling developments around the world show how democracies need safeguards against flawed leaders.

Why Singapore needs a minority president from time to time

In the last 50 years, the Government has promoted religious and racial harmony through education, housing and many other policies, but we are not yet completely race-blind.

Want 'good politics'? Voters have to make it happen

Right about now, somewhere in the United States, a rich businessman is preparing to make the billion-dollar gamble of his lifetime.

Explainers

Lessons on how not to pick a leader

Troubling developments around the world show how democracies need safeguards against flawed leaders.

Why Singapore needs a minority president from time to time

In the last 50 years, the Government has promoted religious and racial harmony through education, housing and many other policies, but we are not yet completely race-blind.

Want 'good politics'? Voters have to make it happen

Right about now, somewhere in the United States, a rich businessman is preparing to make the billion-dollar gamble of his lifetime.