Singapore’s Minister for Nationwide Growth Lawrence Wong at a press convention on the nation’s Covid-19 scenario on April 22, 2021.
Singapore’s Ministry of Communications and Data
SINGAPORE — Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has named a brand new finance minister, changing Heng Swee Keat who introduced two weeks in the past that he’ll step apart as Lee’s designated successor.
Lawrence Wong, the nation’s present schooling minister and second finance minister, will helm the finance portfolio from Might 15, the prime minister’s workplace stated on Friday. Wong can also be the co-chair of Singapore’s taskforce on Covid-19, and has risen in prominence because the coronavirus outbreak final yr.
Wong is amongst potential candidates that analysts stated might finally take over from Lee as prime minister.
The cupboard shuffle got here after Heng’s announcement threw Singapore’s rigorously deliberate management succession into disarray. Heng, who’s 60 this yr, had cited his age as an impediment in steering the nation in a post-pandemic world.
Heng will relinquish his function as finance minister, however stays the nation’s deputy prime minister and coordinating minister for financial insurance policies.
Along with Wong, analysts recognized three different potential candidates for prime minister:
- Minister for Commerce and Trade Chan Chun Sing, 51, who will change into schooling minister within the new cupboard.
- Minister for Transport Ong Ye Kung, 51, who will change into well being minister.
- Desmond Lee, 44, who will stay as minister for nationwide improvement.
The ruling Individuals’s Motion Social gathering has ruled Singapore because the nation’s independence in 1965. The occasion suffered one among its worst electoral showings final yr, profitable 83 out of 93 parliamentary seats and 61% of the votes.
Lee, the present prime minister, had beforehand stated he was able to retire by the point he turns 70. Nonetheless, he later indicated he would delay his handover to see Singapore by the Covid-19 disaster.
Lee is 69 this yr. After Heng’s shock announcement, Lee stated he would keep on as prime minister till a brand new successor emerges and is able to take over.