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Singapore ruling party PAP wins 2015 General Elections – Returns to Power

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Singapore’s ruling party PAP retained its unbroken 56-year grip on power. Its general election to form its 13th Parliament was held on 11 September 2015.
(Singapore currency – Singapore Dollar)
(Singapore President – Tony Tan)
(Singapore PM –  Lee Hsien Loong)

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Contested parties were the People’s Action Party (PAP) led by Lee Hsien Loong and Workers Party of Singapore (WP) led by Low Thia Khiang.

The PAP won 83 of 89 seats on offer, while the opposition Worker’s Party (WP) secured six seats.

Turnout was 93.56% among registered voters.

The results showed the PAP won about 69.9 percent of the vote, above the 60.1 percent it won in the last election in 2011, which was its worst-ever showing. In the last parliament it had 79 of a total 87 seats.

Background

  • PAP was founded Lee Kuan Yew.
  • Lee Kuan Yew became the country’s first prime minister in 1965 and remained in office until 1990.
  • His son Lee Hsien Loong has been prime minister since 2004.
  • The maximum term of a Singaporean parliament is five years.
  • The governing People’s Action Party (PAP) has secured their 14th consecutive term in office since 1959.
  • Voting is mandatory in Singapore.