SEPTEMBER 15, 2017

Singapore swears in first female president amid criticism

Singapore has announced its first female president, who is also the first head of state to come from the county’s Malay community in almost five decades.

Yet celebrations of the significant milestone were mired by accusations that the selection process was undemocratic.

Halimah Yacob, a former speaker of parliament, did not face a vote for the largely ceremonial post after authorities said other candidates did not meet strict eligibility criteria.

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2019 poll: UN pledges support for Nigerian female politicians

The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) says it will support Nigerian female politicians vying for elective positions in the 2019 general elections.

The UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that there was the need to increase women participation in politics in Nigeria.

The UN women chief was at the Nigeria House where he met with the Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Prof. Tijjani Bande and the Deputy Permanent Representative, Amb. Samson Itegboje.

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