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    Oct 23, 2015

    13th Parliament's first session to be held in Jan

    THE first session of the 13th Parliament will commence on Jan 15 next year at 3.30pm.

    The sitting will start with the election of the Speaker and the swearing-in of the Members of Parliament, said Grace Fu, Leader of the House, in a press release yesterday.

    At 8.30pm that same evening, President Tony Tan Keng Yam will deliver his opening address in Parliament. In his address, the President will set out the priorities, policies and programmes of the Government for its five-year term.

    The debate on the President's Address will be from Jan 25 to 29.

    Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has said he intends to nominate Halimah Yacob to be the Speaker of Parliament. First appointed in January 2013, Madam Halimah was assisted by two deputies in enforcing parliamentary rules and ensuring the orderly conduct of parliamentary business.

    No names have been given for the two Deputy Speakers, but in the 12th Parliament, they were People's Action Party MPs Charles Chong and Seah Kian Peng.