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DPM Lawrence Wong gets key party role as succession advances

Bloomberg11/26/2022 10:30 PM GMT+08  • 3 min read
DPM Lawrence Wong gets key party role as succession advances
Wong (pictured), who is also finance minister, first became the leader of the so-called fourth generation of ministers in April and was appointed as one of two deputy prime ministers to PM Lee Hsien Loong in June. Photo: Bloomberg
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Singapore’s ruling party selected Deputy Prime Minister Lawrence Wong for a key role in the central executive committee, formalizing a succession plan that will see him eventually succeed Lee Hsien Loong as the next leader.

Wong was appointed as deputy secretary-general of the People’s Action Party by the 18-member central executive committee while Lee retained the secretary-general position. The deputy post is a newly-created one, and previously it was the first assistant secretary that was the heir apparent.

“The CEC has made a new Deputy Secretary-General appointment, in addition to two Assistant Secretary General appointments, in line with plans for the party leadership transition,” the party said in a statement Saturday. “The Deputy Sec-Gen will exercise the roles and responsibilities of the Sec-Gen, in the absence of the Sec-Gen.”

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