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Singapore election

Singapore ruling party's 'politics of fear' prove less effective

PAP allows WP to secure 10 seats despite increasing pressure on opposition party

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (left photo) and Sengkang Group Representation Constituency Workers' Party candidates Jamus Lim, Louis Chua and Raeesah Khan (left to right in right photo) are pictured. (Source photos by Reuters and Getty Images)

SINGAPORE -- The biggest opposition party in Singapore won 10 of 93 seats in parliament in Friday's general election. On the surface, the result may look like a stunning defeat for the party. But in reality, it is a historic leap.

The ruling People's Action Party, as expected, maintained its long and uninterrupted grip on power, while the Workers' Party won double-digit seats for the first time since Singapore's independence in 1965.

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