Tharman Shanmugaratnam: 5 Points On Indian-Origin Contender In Singapore Election

Tharman Shanmugaratnam, an Indian-origin candidate, is vying for the position of Singapore’s ninth President as more than 2.7 million Singaporeans head to the polls today. Here are five key points about him:

  1. Economist Background: Tharman Shanmugaratnam, aged 66, is an accomplished economist. He was born in Singapore and is deeply rooted in the country.
  2. Presidential Campaign: He officially launched his presidential campaign recently, with a commitment to nurturing Singapore’s culture and preserving its status as a global “shining spot.”
  3. Extensive Political Career: Mr. Shanmugaratnam entered the political arena in 2001. Over the past two decades, he has held prominent positions within Singapore’s ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) and the public sector.
  4. Financial Expertise: His expertise extends to managing the government and Singapore’s substantial foreign reserves, which are estimated to exceed Singapore dollars 2 trillion.
  5. Former Deputy Prime Minister: Mr. Shanmugaratnam previously held the position of Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister from 2011 to 2019. However, in July, he resigned from all public and political roles to pursue the presidency.
  6. Family Life: He is married to Jane Yumiko Ittogi and is a father of four children.

Tharman Shanmugaratnam’s candidacy adds diversity and experience to Singapore’s presidential election, reflecting his extensive background in economics and politics.

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