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Singapore PM’s Brother Lee Hsien Yang Backs Opposition Party In Election Twist

It’s unclear whether or not Lee Hsien Yang plans to enter politics.


The Singapore prime minister’s estranged brother has thrown his assist behind a newly-formed opposition celebration in an intriguing twist forward of elections anticipated to be held as quickly as this 12 months.

In Fb feedback made late Sunday, Lee Hsien Yang mentioned the ruling Individuals’s Motion Get together (PAP) – led by his elder brother Lee Hsien Loong and based by his father Lee Kuan Yew – had “lost its way”.

His feedback come amid a bitter feud between the siblings over their late father’s home, and an election which some analysts say might be months away and have to be held by early 2021.

“I wholeheartedly support the principles and values of the Progress Singapore Party,” Hsien Yang mentioned within the put up.

“Today’s PAP is no longer the PAP of my father. It has lost its way.”

The PAP – which has dominated Singapore since its independence over half a century in the past and by no means seen its vote share drop beneath 60% – didn’t reply to a request for remark.

The newly-formed Progress Singapore Get together is led by Tan Cheng Bock, a former PAP lawmaker who shot to prominence by almost defeating a candidate backed by Prime Minister Lee within the 2011 presidential race.

Lee, 67, has mentioned he’ll step down as premier by the point he’s 70, pitching the ruling celebration right into a interval of transition at a delicate time.

Singapore’s economic system is faltering, there’s unease over inequality, and social media has given critics of the federal government – each real and pretend – a platform like by no means earlier than.

It’s unclear whether or not Hsien Yang plans to enter politics. Tan has mentioned Hsien Yang can be welcome to hitch the PSP on their phrases and never for any private agenda.

Analysts had been unsure over what affect the PSP and Hsien Yang might need in upcoming elections.

Singapore is unlikely to expertise a seismic political shift just like the one seen final 12 months in neighbouring Malaysia, the place a celebration that had led each post-colonial authorities suffered an election defeat.

The PAP at the moment holds all however six of 89 elected seats in parliament.

The PSP might solely additional splinter the opposition vote, in keeping with Garry Rodan, a professor at Australia’s Murdoch College targeted on Singapore politics.

However Michael Barr of Flinders College in Adelaide mentioned if Hsien Yang does determine to face within the election, a “Lee vs Lee” tussle might be a “game changer”.

(Aside from the headline, this story has not been edited by Internetstaff and is printed from a syndicated feed.)

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