28 Aug 2011

Singapore ruling party's favourite wins election

2:39 pm on 28 August 2011

Singapore's former deputy prime minister Tony Tan has won the country's presidential election by a narrow margin.

Tony Tan, 71, was seen as the preferred candidate of the governing People's Action Party, which has run Singapore since independence, the BBC reports.

The party's share of the popular vote slipped to a record low at the most recent general election, in May.

Voters were expressing their anger over issues such as immigration, living costs and high government salaries.

Election officials said Tony Tan won by just 7,269 votes out of just over two million valid votes cast in Saturday's four-way race.

The election was the first of its kind for 18 years.

Singapore's presidency is a largely ceremonial position.