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Singapore’s Elected President: An Office that is Still Evolving
Presidential Power (2016)
  • Jack Tsen-Ta Lee
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.
  • Constitution of Singapore,
  • Elected President of Singapore
Publication Date
July 20, 2016
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Jack Tsen-Ta Lee. "Singapore’s Elected President: An Office that is Still Evolving" Presidential Power (2016)
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