Ong Ye Kung sides with PM Lee; needs more time than 6-9 months to decide on new PM

Ong Ye Kung sides with PM Lee; needs more time than 6-9 months to decide on new PM

The Independent·2018-01-30 17:05

Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) and the Second Minister for Defence, Ong Ye Kung, was the first of the three frontrunners widely tipped to succeed Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to agree with his comments that it could take longer than 6-9 months to select the new head of government.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong revealed last Friday that he would like to hand over the prime ministership to his successor only after the next General Election. 

He further said that it could take “a bit longer” for the nation’s fourth generation leaders to pick a leader among themselves and added that while the designation of his successor would not be “imminent,” political transition would be done in “good time.”

PM Lee’s predecessor, Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong had said last month that he hoped the next head of government would be identified in the next 6-9 months. 

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