Singapore’s deputy leader Lawrence Wong to be sworn in as PM

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Singapore’s deputy leader Lawrence Wong is set to be sworn in as the nation’s fourth Prime Minister today. Fifty-one-old US-trained economist Mr Wong will succeed 72-year-old Lee Hsien Loong, who stepped down after two decades at the helm. Lee’s resignation marked the end of a family dynasty led by his father Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s charismatic first leader who built the colonial trading outpost into a business-friendly, affluent country during 31 years in office.

Wong, a civil servant turned politician, came to prominence while coordinating the successful fight against COVID-19  in the tiny nation of some six million people.Lee will stay on as a senior minister, a path taken by all former premiers.

Since becoming an independent nation in 1965, Singapore has only had three Prime Ministers – all from the ruling People’s Action Party.

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