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Halimah Yacob is Singapore’s first woman Speaker

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Singapore: Indian-origin politician Halimah Yacob is set to become the first woman Speaker of Singapore’s Parlia-ment next week replacing Michael Palmer, who was forced to quit over his extra-marital affair.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on January 8, said he would nominate Halimah as the next Speaker, when the House sits on January 14, 2014.

Halimah, 58, an Indian-origin Muslim, would be resigning as Minister of State (MOS) on January 13 as office holders cannot be elected Speakers, said Lee in a statement.

Halimah, a former labor lawyer, is a Member of Parliament from the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP).

Halimah would be confirmed as the Speaker as PAP has an absolute majority in the 99-member House.

Halimah, a mother of five, entered politics 2001.