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Singapore picks finance chief Heng as de facto successor to PM Lee

SINGAPORE (Nov 23): Singapore’s ruling People’s Action Party tapped Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat as the de facto successor to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Friday, kicking off the city-state’s third leadership transition in its 53-year history.

Singapore may signal Premier Lee's likely successor this week

SINGAPORE (Nov 22): Singapore may give its strongest signal yet this week about who might succeed Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong as leader.

The ruling People’s Action Party will announce its new office holders Friday, and the post to watch will be that of first assistant secretary-general, the Straits Times reported, citing unidentified party sources. Contenders for the key role have narrowed to Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat, 57, and Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing, 49, the newspaper said.

Singapore General Election in 2019 'always possible', Lee says

SINGAPORE (Nov 7): Singaporeans could go to the ballot boxes sooner than expected. A general election next year is "always possible".

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong told Bloomberg Editor-in-Chief John Micklethwait in an interview at the New Economy Forum in Singapore. Polls must be held by early 2021.

"There are many reasons to bring elections forward, or not, so we’ll see,” Lee said late Tuesday, when asked if celebrations to mark the 200th year of the city-state’s modern founding would be reason enough to advance it.

Singapore's next cabinet reshuffle sets stage for future leaders

SINGAPORE (Apr 18): Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, 66, has said he will reshuffle his cabinet soon and is widely expected to do so before Parliament reconvenes on May 7. The impending changes will increase the focus on a group of younger ministers -- with an average age of about 50 -- equipping them with more exposure and added responsibilities.

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