Singapore president dissolves parliament, sets poll for September 11 (dpa German Press Agency)
Singapore (dpa) – Singapore President Tony Tan Keng Yam announced the
dissolution of parliament on Tuesday and scheduled new elections for
Candidates were told to submit nomination papers and election
deposits by September 1, and they will have nine days to campaign
before the poll date, the president said.
All 89 seats in parliament were expected to be contested. About 2.5
million Singaporeans will be eligible to vote.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Facebook that he is seeking
a mandate for his People’s Action Party “to take Singapore … into
its next half century.”
Nine other political parties are expected to enter the fray.
Immigration and transportation are expected to garner attention from
The People’s Action Party has ruled the city state for its entire
50-year history as an independent state.
A breakdown in two of the country’s main train lines last July
sparked anger over system maintenance.
Lui Tuck Yew, the current transport minister, has already indicated
that he will not stand for re-election.