#2020 Singapore Elections results: A win is a still a win…

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Singapore’s governing party has comfortably won the city-state’s general election but faced a setback as the opposition made minor but historic gains.

The prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong, said his People’s Action party (PAP) secured 83 parliamentary seats on Friday, retaining its overwhelming majority with 89% of the total seats, but its popular vote dipped to 61%. The Workers’ party, the only opposition with a presence in the parliament, increased its seats from six to 10 – the biggest victory for the opposition since independence.

South-east Asia’s first national election amid the coronavirus pandemic marked a decline in the PAP’s performance from 2015 polls when it took 93% of seats and nearly 70% of total vote. Several key PAP leaders also lost, including two former ministers.

“It’s not as strong a mandate as I hoped for but it’s a good mandate,” Lee told a news conference. “The results reflect the pain and uncertainty that Singaporeans feel in this crisis … This was not a feel-good election but one where people are facing real problems and expect more rough weather to come.”

He acknowledged that citizens, especially the younger generation, want more opposition voices in parliament. He said the Workers’ party chief, Pritam Singh, will officially be named opposition leader, an unprecedented move in the city-state. Two more non-constituency seats will be offered to top opposition losers to bring the opposition block to 12 seats, as provided for under the law, he said.

For more:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jul/11/singapores-ruling-party-dominates-election-but-opposition-makes-historic-gains

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