Singapore's Elected President: An Office that Is Still Evolving

Singapore Management University School of Law Opinion Series Paper No. JL2, pp. 1-4, July 2016

Singapore Management University School of Law Research Paper No. 17/2016

6 Pages Posted: 22 Jul 2016 Last revised: 20 Oct 2016

Date Written: July 20, 2016

Abstract

Constitutional changes effected to Singapore’s Constitution in 1991 transformed the office of President from a purely ceremonial one chosen by the Parliament, to one directly elected by the people exercising certain discretionary powers. Among other things, the President may now veto attempts by the Government to deplete the nation’s past financial reserves, and to effect unsuitable appointments to or dismissals of key public officers. Now, the Government is proposing to tweak the system further.

Keywords: Constitution of Singapore, Elected President of Singapore

JEL Classification: K19, N45

Suggested Citation

Lee, Jack Tsen-Ta, Singapore's Elected President: An Office that Is Still Evolving (July 20, 2016). Singapore Management University School of Law Opinion Series Paper No. JL2, pp. 1-4, July 2016, Singapore Management University School of Law Research Paper No. 17/2016, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2812724 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2812724

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