A close presidential election confirms the growing rift between the ruling party and the public, writes Asia Research Centre’s Garry Rodan Singapore’s presidential election last Saturday selected a new occupant for a largely ceremonial position. Yet the election’s conduct and outcome have wider political implications. Both highlighted tensions within the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP)...
Wow, a real election! Singaporeans go to the polls tomorrow to vote in what for the first time appears to be a real election – for the presidency, a largely ceremonial post that now could become considerably less ceremonial. Perhaps the most interesting thing about the race is that it is a national one, extending...
SINGAPORE (AP) — Voters in Singapore went to the polls Saturday in a presidential election seen as a referendum on the popularity of the Southeast Asian city-state’s ruling party. The presidency is largely a ceremonial position in Singapore’s parliamentary government, but the election attracted four candidates, the most since Singapore began choosing its president by...
A largely ceremonial presidential post has some real candidates, writes Asia Research Centre’s Garry Rodan Singaporean concerns about rising inequality, public infrastructure pressures associated with foreign worker numbers and the scarcity of political accountability are now playing themselves out in what usually is a tame election for the country’s presidency, a mostly ceremonial post. Campaigning is...
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