Singapore President Tharman Shanmugaratman, a noted economist with a degree from the London School of Economics, among others, has accepted four offices in private capacity, including the position of Member of the Board of Trustees of the World Economic Forum.

Singapore PM Lee extols merit as Tharman sworn in as new President; calls him ‘eminently qualified’

Speaking at Tharman’s inauguration at The Istana, PM Lee Hsien Loong said that the presidential election showed that race was a “smaller factor now than it used to be” for Singaporeans.

The vote for me and what I stood for is a vote of confidence in Singapore itself, says new president Tharman

Tharman will be sworn in as the ninth President of Singapore — and the third of Indian origin — on September 14, after the term of the incumbent President Halimah Yacob ends on September 13.

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Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Indian-origin former Senior Minister of Singapore and ninth President of Singapore