PM Lee: No new DPMs in upcoming Cabinet reshuffle

PM Lee: No new DPMs in upcoming Cabinet reshuffle

Mothership.SG·2018-01-27 08:05

If you are looking ahead to the Cabinet reshuffle for big neon signs pointing towards our next Prime Minister, you have to wait a while more.

Our current Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong confirmed on Jan. 26 that he would not be naming a new Deputy Prime Minister in the upcoming reshuffle.

No new DPMs

, where he was participating in the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit. He said that:

” (I am) not expecting to have new deputy prime ministers after the Budget.”

This year’s

In other words, there will be a cabinet reshuffle in late Feb or March.

Lee went one better and addressed the timing of the leadership succession.

In response to a question on whether he would name a successor by the end of this year, he said:

“If it’s settled, everybody will know, but my assessment is that it will probably take a bit longer.”

Views on the 4G leaders

The front-runners for the top job is viewed by many political observers to be one of the three: Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat, Minister in Prime Minister’s Office Chan Chun Sing and Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) Ong Ye Kung.

On the question of the three front-runners, PM Lee replied, “I think they are all good ministers”.

PM Lee also added that he thought that “there is a strong team” in place, adding that the aspect of the 4G leadership as a team will become “even more important”.

Longer than expected

PM Lee added that the process might take longer than the six to nine month time-frame that was proposed by former PM Goh Chok Tong in a Facebook post on New Year’s Eve.

S’pore’s 2nd PM Goh Chok Tong artfully conveys 6-9 month deadline for PM Lee to pick next PM

The post by Goh prompted the unusual move of collective public statement from sixteen 4G leaders on Jan. 4, stressing that they were “conscious of their responsibility.”

Some observations from Ong Ye Kung ST interview and 4G leaders’ statement on succession

Looks like we’ll have to wait for another opportunity to try and guess who the successor will be.

Top image from Getty Images.

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