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Singapore politics heats up with speculation over early election

Former presidential candidate ignites challenge to city's longtime ruling party

Tan Cheng Bock announced the formation of a political party to challenge the ruling party's dominance.   © Reuters

SINGAPORE -- Politics is heating up here now that a former presidential candidate has announced the formation of a political party to challenge the ruling party's dominance, igniting speculation about an early general election that could take place this year.

The announcement on Friday by Tan Cheng Bock, a former stalwart of the city-state's ruling People's Action Party, caused a political earthquake. Tan revealed a plan to form Progress Singapore Party, which is to include "some" ex-PAP cadres.

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