The man to be Singapore’s next prime minister reportedly chosen

Singapore seems to have worked out its political succession and has chosen the leader of its fourth-generation team and the man likely to be next prime minister, the Straits Times reported.

It said Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat will be named the party’s first assistant secretary general of the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) at a press conference today.

Heng, 57, is expected to be named deputy prime minister at some point next year, according to the Straits Times.

Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing, 49, is set to be second assistant secretary-general and Health Minister Gan Kim Yong, 59, the party chairman.

It said the two will also play a key role in the team as Singapore ushers in its third leadership transition since independence, and as the general election — which some expect could be called next year — draws closer.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has said he hopes to hand over the reins by the time he is 70 — in February 2022.

It said when he was named finance minister, Prime Minister Lee noted Heng had proven himself in the demanding education portfolio, which he was appointed to in May 2011, just two weeks after being elected.

He has also helmed key initiatives that include “ Our Singapore Conversation” to engage citizens, a steering committee to mark the golden jubilee, and the Economy Council, which builds on the work of a committee to drive the economy’s ongoing transformation.


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