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Singapore’s Lee Retains Power But Party Has Weakest Showing Ever

  • Opposition Workers’ Party gains most seats in election so far
  • ‘Vote for change’ could impact Lee succession, economic policy
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Singapore Ruling Party Retains Power With Weak Showing
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Singapore’s ruling party retained a firm grip on power but suffered its weakest performance in 55 years in office in an election on Friday, with the economy badly hit by the Covid-19 pandemic. The result could shake up politics in the city-state, leading to more populist policies.

The opposition Workers’ Party won a record 10 seats and secured two group representation constituencies. The ruling party won 83 seats -- or 89% of those up for grabs, according to an official count by the Elections Department. That allows it to amend the constitution, pass laws and set policies without major obstacles.