Lee said Tuesday that he advised President Halimah Yacob to dissolve parliament and issue the writ of election, setting the stage for the upcoming polls. Candidate nominations will take place on June 30, the prime minister’s office said.
PM Lee announces GE 2020 Singapore General Election 2020: Battle of the Family Lee, his two sons squaring off in ensuing election.
Lee in his TV address said, “We need a capable government, with the strong backing of the people, to do all that needs to be done on your behalf, and see us through these tumultuous times,” Lee said in a televised address. “An election now -when things are relatively stable will clear the decks, and give the new government a fresh five-year mandate.”
Singaporeans to go to the polls on July 10. Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat, who leads the PAP’s fourth-generation team, is poised to take over.
PM Lee Hsien Loong’s estranged younger brother Lee Hsien Yang has formally joined the ambitious new Progress Singapore Party (PSP) formed by an establishment rebel, in the first major twist ahead of the country’s July 10 general election.
Lee, 62, joined the PSP’s leader Tan Cheng Bock in an early morning walkabout on Wednesday morning in the Tiong Bharu market.
Reform Party (RP) will not be contesting West Coast Group Representation Constituency (GRC) in the upcoming general election, possibly paving the way for the Progress Singapore Party to stand and avoid a three-cornered fight there.
Jeyaretnam said that the “greater cause” was opposition unity, to contest where parties had the “greatest chance of winning seats”, and that he wished to avoid three-cornered fights.
Jeyaretnam also added that Tan has a “tough fight on his hands”, and said that they did not wish to “hinder his progress”.
In GE2015, RP stood in West Coast, led by Jeyaretnam, and took 21.43 per cent of the vote. They faced a People’s Action Party team that included Lim Hng Kiang and S. Iswaran.
Workers’ Party to unveil candidates from Thursday