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Singapore gets new PM after 20 years, Lawrence Wong takes oath as Prime Minister

Singapore Gets New Prime Minister: Singapore got a new Prime Minister after 20 years on Wednesday (15 May 2024). President Tharman Shanmugaratnam swore in economist Lawrence Wong as the country’s fourth Prime Minister. Lawrence Wong is 51 and will replace 72-year-old Lee Hsien Loong, who was the Prime Minister of Singapore for 20 years.

Actually, Lawrence Wong is also a leader of the ruling People’s Action Party. Who has been leading Singapore for more than 5 decades. On Wednesday, Wong took the oath as prime minister during a televised ceremony at the National Palace. Wong is the first Prime Minister of Singapore who was born after the country’s independence.

Lawrence Wong promised people the welfare of the country

According to the information, Lawrence Wong will retain his current post of Prime Minister as well as Finance Minister. During the oath-taking, Lawrence Wong said that he will have a deep sense of humility and duty towards Singapore and its 59 million people. He will make continuous efforts for the welfare of the country and the people.

Lee’s successor was to be elected in 2022

Talking about Lawrence Wong’s political career, he came into limelight in 2020 while serving as co-chairman of the Pandemic Task Force. Given his skilled political leadership abilities and popularity among fellow leaders, he was named Lee’s successor in April 2022.

After this he was promoted as Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore. Along with this, he also got the post of Finance Minister. In this position, he became widely known for his efforts to create a “social compact” between the government and the people to tackle issues such as sustainability, inequality and employment.

The leader of the opposition told what are the challenges?

On the other hand, after Wong took oath, Opposition Leader Pritam Singh on Wednesday said that Wong is taking over at a challenging time with an uncertain and more unpredictable external environment and significant generational change on the domestic front.

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