Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s party must win with ease, despite the threat of recession due to the pandemic election in Singapore
07/09/2020 – 21h55
Singaporean voters, wearing face masks and gloves, vote on Friday (10 local time) under the threat of the new coronavirus pandemic, which pressures the city-state into the deepest recession, turning job concerns into the main election agenda.
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In power since independence in 1965, the Popular Action Party is expected to lead Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong for another comfortable, and probably final, victory.
The son of Lee Kuan Yew, the founding leader of Singapore, Lee has held the position since 2004, but at the age of 68 he has already announced his intention to leave the scene in the coming years.
Seen as a measure of approval for both the government’s response to the coronavirus crisis and the new generation of leaders, the election results will be watched closely since even small changes in the government party’s popularity can lead to major political changes in the parents.
When fears about immigration and jobs soared in 2011, the party reached the historic low of 60% of the popular vote, and restricted the rules for hiring foreign professionals to meet the sensitivity of the electorate.
And while the Asian commercial and banking hub emerges from the coronavirus lockdown to face the deepest recession in its history, fears are again presented.
Despite the economic turmoil, Singapore remains a small and rich rock of stability, thriving as a financial, commercial and logistical center for Southeast Asia.
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