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Singapore PM picks Lawrence Wong to take ex-heir Heng's portfolio

Hitherto education minister will assume finance post vacated by Heng Swee Keat

SINGAPORE -- Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Friday announced a cabinet reshuffle that will put hitherto Education Minister Lawrence Wong in charge of finance, taking over from Heng Swee Keat, who earlier this month announced a shock decision to step aside as leader-in-waiting.

Wong, 48, has also been assisting Heng as second minister for finance since 2016. "He has the experience, and is a natural fit for the job," Lee said.

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