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DPM Lee Hsien Loong to be next Prime Minister

 

Source: www.pap.org.sg 

Leadership Succession

The Central Executive Committee of the People's Action Party met on 29 May 2004 and decided that Deputy Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will be the next Prime Minister when Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong steps down as Prime Minister.

Prime Minister Goh had earlier told the Ministers that now was a good time for the hand over, given that the economy has recovered and is growing strongly. He suggested that the younger ministers meet to choose his successor.

A group of ministers met on 22 May 2004 and unanimously nominated DPM Lee Hsien Loong to be their next leader.

A caucus of PAP Members of Parliament held on 28 May 2004 unanimously supported the choice of DPM Lee as their leader to succeed Prime Minister Goh. The Central Executive Committee then met on 29 May and endorsed this choice.

Prime Minister Goh will announce in July the date of hand over, after his return from an official overseas trip.

WONG KAN SENG
SECOND ASSISTANT SECRETARY GENERAL
ON BEHALF OF THE PEOPLE'S ACTION PARTY
CENTRAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Source: People's Action Party Press Release 31 May 2004

 

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