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Lawrence Wong Becomes Prime Minister of Singapore After 20 Years

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In a historic leadership transition, Deputy Prime Minister Lawrence Wong was sworn in as Singapore’s new prime minister, marking the first change in leadership in two decades. Wong, an economist-turned-politician, succeeded Lee Hsien Loong, who had held the position for 20 years.

Wong’s ascent to the highest office in Singapore represents a significant moment for the nation.

Key details of Lawrence Wong:

  1. Handover Date: The date for the handover was announced by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) on April 15, 2024. Wong officially took over from Lee Hsien Loong on May 15, 2024, at the Istana.
  2. Fourth Prime Minister: At 51 years old, Wong becomes Singapore’s fourth prime minister. His entry into politics 13 years ago paved the way for this momentous occasion. In a video message, Wong expressed humility and a deep sense of duty, pledging to serve the country and its people.
  3. Leadership Transition: The transition from the third-generation to the fourth-generation (4G) political team has been carefully planned. Wong’s leadership and the 4G team’s efforts during the pandemic have gained the people’s trust.
  4. Uncertainty and Succession: Prior to Wong’s selection, there was uncertainty in Singapore’s leadership succession. In April 2021, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat stepped aside, allowing a younger leader to take the reins. The pandemic played a role in elevating Wong’s prominence.
  5. Lee Hsien Loong’s Legacy: Lee Hsien Loong, who remains in the cabinet as senior minister, leaves behind a legacy of two decades of leadership. His contributions to Singapore’s progress and stability are noteworthy.
  6. A New Chapter: As Singapore enters this new chapter, Wong and the 4G team are committed to keeping the nation working well and moving forward. Singaporeans are urged to support their new prime minister in creating a brighter future.

Lawrence Wong’s leadership will shape Singapore’s path in the coming years. The nation will look forward to the fresh perspectives he brings to the role2.

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