The search is on for Singapore’s new prime minister

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Possible candidates to become Singapore’s new prime minister (clockwise): Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office; Chan Chun Sing, Acting Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills); Ong Ye Kung, Minister for Social and Family Development; Tan Chuan-Jin, Acting Minister for Education (Schools); Ng Chee Meng and National Development Minister Lawrence Wong

Six men are in the running to become the next prime minister of Singapore after the next general election, which must be held by January 15, 2021, the date after which current Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has said that he plans to step down.

This means that the next generation of leaders is already in its last full term in office, after which one among them will have to assume the position of prime minister.

The possible successors have been named as follows:

CHAN CHUN SING

Currently Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, Chan Chun Sing (46) has developed a reputation for quickly mastering his portfolios and his ability to connect with people on the ground. His portfolios are significant ones, and complement his time in the Singapore Armed Forces, where he rose to the rank of major-general and was Chief of Army. Chan holds other two important positions: Secretary-General of the National Trades Union and People’s Association deputy chair.

HENG SWEE KEAT

The 54-year-old Finance Minister also heads the Committee on the Future Economy, billed as having the key task of transforming Singapore’s economy to ready it for the future. Prime Minister Lee headed a similar economic committee in 1985. He has been Minister for Education previously and chaired the Our Singapore Conversation national feedback drive in 2013, and the SG50 Jubilee celebrations last year.

NG CHEE MENG

As acting Minister of Education for Schools, the 48-year-old has also been appointed Senior Minister of State for Transport, a hot-button ministry given the high-profile public transport breakdowns in recent years. Before Ng Chee Meng entered politics last year, he had risen within the armed forces as lieutenant-general and Singapore’s Chief of Defense Force. He was also on the boards of several public organisations such as the Defense Science and Technology Agency and the JTC Corporation.

ONG YE KUN

He is acting Minister of Education for Higher Education in charge of universities, polytechnics, the Institute of Technical Education and SkillsFuture, all at the forefront of the government’s drive to get Singaporeans to upgrade themselves with relevant job skills. The 46-year-ld is also Senior Minister of State for Defense, and was recently appointed to the Monetary Authority of Singapore board of directors, rounding out his experience in finance.

TAN CHUAN JIN

Tan Chuan Jin (47) is the current Social and Family Development Minister in Singapore. He was appointed the Acting Manpower Minister in August 2012 and made full minister two years later. As a brigadier-general in the Singapore Armed Forces, Tan Chuan Jin led humanitarian relief efforts in Aceh after the 2004 tsunami, Singapore’s largest military operation to date.

LAWRENCE WONG

The Cabinet’s youngest minister at 43, he was initially made Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth in November 2012, and was promoted to full minister later in May 2014. He was also Second Minister for Communications and Information from May 2014 up till October last year, when he was appointed National Development Minister. As such, he oversees much of the national infrastructure, including the important matter of public housing. He was appointed Second Minister for Finance this August, on top of his National Development portfolio.

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Possible candidates to become Singapore’s new prime minister (clockwise): Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office; Chan Chun Sing, Acting Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills); Ong Ye Kung, Minister for Social and Family Development; Tan Chuan-Jin, Acting Minister for Education (Schools); Ng Chee Meng and National Development Minister Lawrence Wong

Six men are in the running to become the next prime minister of Singapore after the next general election, which must be held by January 15, 2021, the date after which current Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has said that he plans to step down.

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Singapore PM succession
Possible candidates to become Singapore’s new prime minister (clockwise): Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office; Chan Chun Sing, Acting Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills); Ong Ye Kung, Minister for Social and Family Development; Tan Chuan-Jin, Acting Minister for Education (Schools); Ng Chee Meng and National Development Minister Lawrence Wong

Six men are in the running to become the next prime minister of Singapore after the next general election, which must be held by January 15, 2021, the date after which current Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has said that he plans to step down.

This means that the next generation of leaders is already in its last full term in office, after which one among them will have to assume the position of prime minister.

The possible successors have been named as follows:

CHAN CHUN SING

Currently Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, Chan Chun Sing (46) has developed a reputation for quickly mastering his portfolios and his ability to connect with people on the ground. His portfolios are significant ones, and complement his time in the Singapore Armed Forces, where he rose to the rank of major-general and was Chief of Army. Chan holds other two important positions: Secretary-General of the National Trades Union and People’s Association deputy chair.

HENG SWEE KEAT

The 54-year-old Finance Minister also heads the Committee on the Future Economy, billed as having the key task of transforming Singapore’s economy to ready it for the future. Prime Minister Lee headed a similar economic committee in 1985. He has been Minister for Education previously and chaired the Our Singapore Conversation national feedback drive in 2013, and the SG50 Jubilee celebrations last year.

NG CHEE MENG

As acting Minister of Education for Schools, the 48-year-old has also been appointed Senior Minister of State for Transport, a hot-button ministry given the high-profile public transport breakdowns in recent years. Before Ng Chee Meng entered politics last year, he had risen within the armed forces as lieutenant-general and Singapore’s Chief of Defense Force. He was also on the boards of several public organisations such as the Defense Science and Technology Agency and the JTC Corporation.

ONG YE KUN

He is acting Minister of Education for Higher Education in charge of universities, polytechnics, the Institute of Technical Education and SkillsFuture, all at the forefront of the government’s drive to get Singaporeans to upgrade themselves with relevant job skills. The 46-year-ld is also Senior Minister of State for Defense, and was recently appointed to the Monetary Authority of Singapore board of directors, rounding out his experience in finance.

TAN CHUAN JIN

Tan Chuan Jin (47) is the current Social and Family Development Minister in Singapore. He was appointed the Acting Manpower Minister in August 2012 and made full minister two years later. As a brigadier-general in the Singapore Armed Forces, Tan Chuan Jin led humanitarian relief efforts in Aceh after the 2004 tsunami, Singapore’s largest military operation to date.

LAWRENCE WONG

The Cabinet’s youngest minister at 43, he was initially made Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth in November 2012, and was promoted to full minister later in May 2014. He was also Second Minister for Communications and Information from May 2014 up till October last year, when he was appointed National Development Minister. As such, he oversees much of the national infrastructure, including the important matter of public housing. He was appointed Second Minister for Finance this August, on top of his National Development portfolio.

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