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Singapore Finance Minister Lawrence Wong picked as PM heir apparent

Prime Minister Lee says new leader of '4G' politicians won 'overwhelming support'

Singaporean Finance Minister Lawrence Wong has been chosen as the leader of the city-state's next-generation politicians, and by extension, its likely next prime minister.   © Singapore Press via AP Images

SINGAPORE -- Singapore's Finance Minister Lawrence Wong has been selected to lead his generation of politicians, putting the 49-year-old first in line to succeed Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

Lee announced the decision in a post on his Facebook page Thursday evening. Wong, he said, was endorsed as leader of the "4G" or fourth-generation team by government lawmakers, during a meeting of members of the ruling People's Action Party.

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