Singapore parliament convenes in post-Lee Kuan Yew era

Singapore parliament convenes in post-Lee Kuan Yew era

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jan. 15, 2016 at 1:40 a.m.


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SINGAPORE (AP) — A new parliament has convened in Singapore, capping a transition to an era without the wealthy city-state's founder, Lee Kuan Yew, who died last March.

The 91-member house is headed by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, the son of Lee Kuan Yew, who has led Singapore for more than a decade and has said he will be looking for a successor among lawmakers.

His ruling People's Action Party won 70 percent of the vote last September and occupies all but eight seats in the house.

Gillian Koh, a senior research fellow at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, said Friday that key issues for the new government include economic uncertainty amid a slowdown in China.

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