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Singapore finance minister in pole position to be next PM

Ruling party to fill key posts Friday, with Heng Swee Keat to take No. 2 role

Heng Swee Keat is set to be the front-runner to become Singapore's next prime minister. (Photo by Shinya Sawai)

SINGAPORE -- Singaporean Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat is set to be appointed the first assistant secretary-general of the ruling People's Action Party on Friday, a job that paves the way for him to become the leading contender for the position of prime minister after Lee Hsien Loong steps down.

PAP's highest decision-making body, the Central Executive Committee, is expected to meet on Friday to decide its office bearers, government-owned media Today Online reported Thursday, citing party sources.

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