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Singapore's uncertain leadership transition requires transparency

Surprise announcement by deputy PM leaves succession of power unclear

Singapore's Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat, pictured in 2019, has long been considered the likely successor to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.    © Reuters

The search for Singapore's next prime minister is back to square one. Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat, who had been certain to succeed current Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, suddenly said he would take himself out of the running. This is an unprecedented situation for a city-state that has carefully managed transitions of power over the more than half-century since its founding.

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