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Latest Pre-election day events of the Singapore general election Stories

2006-05-06 15:11:53

By Geert De Clercq SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The party which has ruled Singapore for four decades won another overwhelming mandate in Saturday elections, but failed to achieve the clean sweep of all parliamentary seats it had hoped for. The People's Action Party (PAP) won 66.6 percent of the votes cast, down from 75.3 percent in the 2001 poll. But it held on to 82 seats in the 84-seat parliament, giving it an almost unchallenged free hand to continue its pro-business policies. "I am...

2006-05-06 10:27:14

By Fayen Wong SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore opposition leader Low Thia Khiang, secretary general of the Workers' Party, kept his hotly contested seat in parliament, one of two opposition seats in the 84-seat parliament, according to preliminary results released on state television on Saturday. Singapore's tiny opposition has mounted its biggest challenge to the ruling People's Action Party (PAP) in 18 years by fielding candidates for more than half the 84 seats in parliament....

2006-05-06 08:13:37

By Fayen Wong SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singaporeans voted on Saturday in a general election in which anything less than a resounding victory for the ruling People's Action Party could be regarded as a failure for Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. The poll is the first real popularity test for Lee, 54, since he was appointed in August 2004 without an election in a planned leadership transition. The opposition has fielded candidates for more than half the seats in parliament, denying the...

2006-05-06 05:02:38

By Fayen Wong SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singaporeans began voting on Saturday in a general election in which anything less than a crushing victory for the ruling People's Action Party could be regarded as a failure for Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. The poll is the first real popularity test for Lee, 54, since he was appointed in August 2004 without an election in a planned leadership transition. The opposition has fielded candidates for more than half the seats in parliament, denying...


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  • A terrible or repulsive person.
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