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Singapore PM Lee returns to power with ‘clear mandate'; Opposition gains
July 13, 2020

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has secured a “clear mandate” with his ruling People's Action Party (PAP) winning 83 of the 93 contested parliamentary seats in the general election held amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, with the Opposition gaining ground by winning a record 10 seats.

The opposition Workers' Party secured 10 seats and defeated a team in the Group Representation Constituency of Sengkang led by former Minister in the Prime Minister's Office Ng Chee Meng who is also the Secretary-General of the power National Trades Union Congress (NTUC).

The Prime Minister assured it is “only right” that Workers' Party's Indian-origin secretary-general Pritam Singh be “formally designated” as the Leader of the Opposition, and that he will be provided with “appropriate staff support and resources to perform his duties”.

Lee took the results in “these circumstances” as an “endorsement” of the party's policies and plans as he had called the elections amidst COVID-19 pandemic.

Lee acknowledged that the result also showed a “clear desire” for a diversity of voices in Parliament.

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