Aug. 27, 2011, midnight
TONY Tan won Singapore's presidential election on Saturday, defeating his closest opponent by just 7,269 votes out of two million cast. Four candidates contested the largely ceremonial role, including Tan, who left the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) to run as an independent. Tan was still associated with the PAP, which has ruled Singapore since 1959, while his closet rival, TAN Cheng Bock, was in opposition. Direct elections were first allowed in Singapore in 1991, however, none have been held the past two terms because President S.R. NATHAN ran uncontested.