Singapore DPM Heng bows out of race for top job


Singapore DPM Heng Swee Keat has taken himself out of the running for the top job, two-and-a-half years after emerging as the frontrunner to succeed PM Lee Hsien Loong. – EPA pic, April 8, 2021.

DEPUTY Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat has taken himself out of the running for the top job, two-and-a-half years after emerging as the frontrunner to succeed Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

Conveying his decision in a letter to Lee today, a copy of which was sent to newsrooms, Heng, who is also finance minister, said he would have too short of a runway – given that he would be near his mid-60s when he takes over as prime minister after the Covid-19 crisis is over.


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