Halimah Binte Yacob (born 23 August 1954) is a politician from Singapore.
Halimah Yacob (58) is set to become the first woman Speaker of Singapore’s Parliament.
Halimah was educated at Singapore Chinese Girls’ School and Tanjong Katong Girls’ School, before going on to the University of Singapore where she completed an LLB (Hons) degree in 1978.
She was called to the Singapore Bar in 1981.
In 2001, she completed an LLM degree at the National University of Singapore.
She will formally be elected as 8th Speaker of Parliament on 14 January 2013.
She will replace Michael Palmer, who was forced to quit over his extra-marital affair.
Halimah will be the first woman to hold this post and the first to hold one of the highest post in the Republic’s history.
She has been a Member of Parliament (MP) representing the Jurong Group Representation Constituency since 2001.
She has also served as Minister of State at the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports from 2011 to 2013.
On 8 January 2013, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong nominated Halimah Yacob.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Tuesday said he would nominate Ms. Halimah as the next Speaker when the House sits on January 14, 2014.
Halimah has extensive experience in the labour movement, social work and pre-school education.
She would be resigning as Minister of State (MOS) at the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports on January 13 as office holders cannot be elected Speaker.
Ms. Halimah would be confirmed as Speaker as People’s Action Party (PAP) has an absolute majority in the 99-member house. Mr. Lee said he has briefed PAP MPs and received their full support on his intention to nominate Ms. Halimah.
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