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Singapore prime minister's brother backs an opposition heavyweight

Lee Hsien Yang calls his older sibling's rival 'the leader Singapore deserves'

Tan Cheng Bock ran for President in 2011 but lost by a thin margin.    © Reuters

SINGAPORE -- Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has taken a blow from his previously nonpolitical brother, who has declared his support for Tan Cheng Bock, a 78-year-old former lawmaker and presidential candidate on the comeback trail.

"I have known Cheng Bock for many years and he has consistently put the interests of the people first," Lee's younger brother, Lee Hsien Yang, said Thursday on Facebook. "We are fortunate that he has stepped forward to serve Singapore."

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