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Singapore buzzes over next PM after Heng upends 'best-laid plans'

Lee and ruling party face big decision as global and domestic pressures build

Singapore's Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat, left, was considered Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's successor until he took himself out of the running. (Source photos by AP and Reuters)

SINGAPORE -- The sudden announcement by Singapore's prime minister-in-waiting that he will withdraw from contention for the top job has left the city-state with a difficult succession question at the most critical of moments.

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