Earlier in September, the Straits Times ran an article talking about leadership succession in Singapore. Given the current Prime Minister’s decision to step down after the next general election, it begs the question of who will be the next man in the hot seat.
At the PAP’s 34th Party Conference today (4 Dec) morning, 14 members were elected into its Central Executive Committee with 12 choices and another 2 co-opted. The 14 members are:
1. Lee Hsien Loong, Secretary-general
2. Khaw Boon Wan, Chairman
3. Yaacob Ibrahim, Vice Chairman
4. Teo Chee Hean, First assistant secretary-general
5. Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Second assistant secretary-general
6. Lim Swee Say, Treasurer
7. K Shanmugam, Assistant treasurer
8. Chan Chun Sing, Organising secretary
9. Gan Kim Yong, Organising secretary
10. Grace Fu
11. Heng Swee Keat
12. Halimah Yacob
13. Vivian Balakrishnan (Co-opted)
14. Tan Chuan-Jin (Co-opted)
Andrew Loh commented in a Facebook post that it was “worth noting that only 2 of the 6 so-called potentials to be the next PM are elected into the PAP CEC. A 3rd potential (Tan Chuan-jin) had to be co-opted [despite] being elected into the CEC [in 2014].”
He added that it was “interesting in this new line up is not only that the Defence Minister has lost his CEC position, One of the potentials – Lawrence Wong – has lost his CEC seat this time as well.”
The next PAP CEC elections will be held in 2018.
By constitutional laws, the next General Election will have be to held within 3 months of dissolution of Parliament which has a maximum term of 5 years from the first sitting. Given the first sitting on 15 Jan, the latest the next GE can be held would be in Apr 2021.