Mr Lee thanked all three candidates – Mr Tharman, Mr Ng Kok Song and Mr Tan Kin Lian – for putting themselves forward in this poll, which is Singapore’s first contested Presidential Election in 12 years.
“I am happy that Singaporeans have been able to exercise the right to vote for our next President, and to focus on what the elected President is about,” Mr Lee said.
“In this election, both voters and candidates have shown a greater understanding of the roles and duties of the President, which bodes well for Singapore.”
Deputy Prime Minister Lawrence Wong also congratulated Mr Tharman on his presidential election victory.
Citing what Mr Tharman previously said, Mr Wong said the outcome is a “vote of confidence in Singapore’s future, and augurs well for the stability and unity we all want for our little red dot”.
“I look forward to your service as our Head of State, strengthening our solidarity as a country, bringing out the best in our people and representing our interests abroad!” said Mr Wong.