Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) Heng Swee Keat will step back as the leader of the fourth-generation (4G) leadership team of the People’s Action Party (PAP), adding an unfamiliar twist to the orderly succession that has marked Singapore’s politics thus far.

“After careful deliberation and discussions with my family, I have decided to step aside as leader of the 4G team, so that a younger leader who will have a longer runway can take over,” he announced at a press conference on April 8.

The move means Heng will also no longer be in consideration to be the next Prime Minister.

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