Singapore

Ruling party beaten in by election


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Singapore’s People’s Action Party (PAP) did badly in a by-election yesterday despite campaigning hard for the opposition seat.

The seat in Hougang was retained by the Worker’s Party with 62.09% of the vote to PAP’s 37.91%.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and other senior PAP officials had campaign especially hard to take the seat which has been held by the opposition for 21 years but were unsuccessful. The by-election is significant because last year PAP had their worst general election since the 1950s and the result of this election suggest that their power continues to wane despite recent reforms.

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