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Singapore voters expected to back status quo

Observers expect ruling People’s Action Party to romp home with a thumping majority in the July 10 election

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Singapore voters expected to back status quo

Chee Soon Juan, secretary general of the Singapore Democratic Party, visits the nomination center on June 30 ahead of this month's general election. (Photo: Roslan Rahman/AFP)

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Singapore’s nine-day general election campaign officially started on June 30 with candidate nominations, but this year’s election amid Covid-19 restrictions will be like no other that the city state has experienced in its six-decade history.

Observers, however, expect its outcome to be like the previous 12 national polls: the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) will romp home with a thumping majority in the July 10 election.

Since the first election in 1959, when Singapore was a crown colony of the United Kingdom, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s PAP has dominated politics. Since then, the PAP has been the only party to form a government.

The surprise this year came from Loong’s estranged brother Lee Hsien Yang, who has emerged as a dark horse to boost the morale of the opposition camp.

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