Singapore’s 2015 Election: Can the People’s Action Party Strengthen Its Mandate to Rule?

Netina Tan

Originally published September 8, 2015 on Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada


Singapore will hold a snap general election on September 11, 2015. Unlike Canada’s 78-days campaign period, Singapore only has nine short days.[1] Described as a “watershed election,” this will be the country’s first election without its influential former leader, Lee Kuan Yew, who passed away in March this year. Lee’s elder son, current Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, in power since 2004, is seeking a mandate to tackle the growing problems of immigration, housing costs, transportation, and income gap. Continue reading

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