Halimah Yacob is first female Speaker






SINGAPORE: Madam Halimah Yacob is Singapore's first woman Speaker of Parliament.

She took the Speaker's seat at the start of the sitting of the House on Monday afternoon.

Madam Halimah, who resigned on Sunday as Minister for State, fills the position vacated by former People's Action Party Member of Parliament, Mr Michael Palmer, who stepped down on 12 December 2012 due to an extramarital affair.

She was nominated by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to be elected as Speaker.

- CNA/ck



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