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Singapore PM Lee faces fight with new party backed by his brother

Challenger blasts 'erosion of transparency' but is greeted with skepticism

Progress Singapore Party leader Tan Cheng Bock, center, introduces his party to the media on July 26. (Photo by Kentaro Iwamoto) 

SINGAPORE -- A new party supported by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's estranged brother has officially formed in Singapore on July 26, in an attempt to shake up the city-state's politics after five decades of People's Action Party rule.

The Progress Singapore Party, led by political veteran and former presidential candidate Tan Cheng Bock, will contest the next general election which must be called by early 2021. "I worry because I see the foundations of good governance eroding," Tan told reporters at a news conference held to announce the launch of the party. "Specifically, there is an erosion of transparency, independence and accountability."

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