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Singapore’s failed plan

Singapore Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat speaks at a UBS client conference in Singapore, January 14, 2019. (Reuters/Feline Lim)
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Jakarta   ●   Thu, April 15 2021

Singaporeans will likely have to wait longer for a new leader to succeed Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who has ruled the island city since 2004. The potential successor that Lee had groomed, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat, announced his resignation as a candidate for the premiership on April 8.

The devastating impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are among the reason for Heng’s early exit, while there are also views that Lee himself is not fully prepared for the carefully choreographed succession.

According to the original plan, next year, Singapore’s fourth-generation (4G) leadership, with Heng as the leader, would end the third generation’s leadership under Lee. The second generation was under Goh Chok Tong, who ruled Singapore for 14 years and handed over the power to Lee Hsien Loong in 2004. The country’s foundin...

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