Prime Minister of Singapore


Prime Minister of Singapore
Prime Minister of
the Republic of Singapore
Crest of the Prime Minister of Singapore.png
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Incumbent
Lee Hsien Loong

since 14 August 2004
Inaugural holder Lee Kuan Yew
Formation 3 June 1959
Website http://www.pmo.gov.sg/
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The Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore is the head of the government of the Republic of Singapore. The President of Singapore appoints as Prime Minister a Member of Parliament (MP) who, in his opinion, is most likely to command the confidence of a majority of MPs.

The office of Prime Minister dates back to 1959 and was appointed at first by the Governor of Singapore then the Yang di-Pertuan Negara (vice-regal head of state), when Singapore achieved self-governance as the State of Singapore within the British Empire. The title of Prime Minister remained unchanged after the merger with the Federation of Malaya, Sarawak and British North Borneo, while Singapore was a state in the Federation of Malaysia from 1963 to 1965, and after independence in 1965.

Lee Kuan Yew was the first prime minister of Singapore from 1959 to 1990 and retired on 26 November 1990. Lee was succeeded by Goh Chok Tong and was conferred the title of Senior Minister in the Prime Minister's Office. Goh retired on 12 August 2004 and was succeeded by Lee Kuan Yew's son Lee Hsien Loong. Goh was appointed Senior Minister, and the elder Lee Minister Mentor.

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List of Prime Ministers of Singapore

Prime Minister Term of office Electoral Mandate Constituency Political Party
1 Lee Kuan Yew
李光耀
Lee Kuan Yew cropped.jpg
5 June 1959 — 28 November 1990
11499 days
1959 54.10%
1963 46.90%
1968 94.34%
1972 70.40%
1976 74.10%
1980 77.70%
1984 64.80%
1988 63.20%
Tanjong Pagar SMC
(1955–1991)
Tanjong Pagar GRC
(1991-)
PAP logo variation.png People's Action Party
2 Goh Chok Tong
吴作栋(吳作棟)
GohChokTong-WashingtonDC-20010614.jpg
28 November 1990 — 12 August 2004
5006 days
1991 61.00%
1997 65.00%
2001 75.30%
Marine Parade SMC
(1976-1988)
Marine Parade GRC
(1988-)
PAP logo variation.png People's Action Party
3 Lee Hsien Loong
李显龙(李顯龍)
Lee Hsien Loong - 20101112.jpg
12 August 2004 — Incumbent
2658 days
2006 66.60%
2011 60.14%
Teck Ghee SMC
(1984-1991)
Ang Mo Kio GRC
(1991-)
PAP logo variation.png People's Action Party

List of deputy prime ministers

The role of Deputy Prime Minister is the second highest post and senior Cabinet Minister in Singapore. The holder will sometimes assume the role of Acting Prime Minister when the PM is temporarily absent from Singapore. Since the mid-1980s, Singapore has usually had two Deputy Prime Ministers at a time.

Deputy Prime Minister Term of office Political Party
1 Toh Chin Chye
杜进才(杜進才)
5 June 1959 — 2 August 1968
3346 days
PAP logo variation.png People's Action Party
2 Goh Keng Swee
吴庆瑞(吳慶瑞)
1 March 1973 — 3 December 1984
4295 days
PAP logo variation.png People's Action Party
3 S. (Sinnathamby) Rajaratnam
சி. இராசரத்தினம்
1 June 1980 — 2 January 1985
1676 days
PAP logo variation.png People's Action Party
4
(a)
Goh Chok Tong
吴作栋(吳作棟)
2 January 1985 — 28 November 1990
2156 days
PAP logo variation.png People's Action Party
4
(b)
Ong Teng Cheong (1)
王鼎昌
2 January 1985 — 1 September 1993
3164 days
PAP logo variation.png People's Action Party
5
(a)
Lee Hsien Loong
李显龙(李顯龍)
28 November 1990 — 12 August 2004
5006 days
PAP logo variation.png People's Action Party
5
(b)
Tony Tan Keng Yam (1)
陈庆炎(陳慶炎)
1 August 1995 — 1 September 2005
3684 days
PAP logo variation.png People's Action Party
6
(a)
S. (Shunmugam) Jayakumar
சி. ജയകുമാര്‍
12 August 2004 — 1 April 2009
1693 days
PAP logo variation.png People's Action Party
6
(b)
Wong Kan Seng
黄根成(黃根成)
1 September 2005 — 21 May 2011
2088 days
PAP logo variation.png People's Action Party
7
(a)
Teo Chee Hean
张志贤(張志賢)
1 April 2009 — Incumbent
965 days
PAP logo variation.png People's Action Party
7
(b)
Tharman Shanmugaratnam
தர்மன் சண்முகரத்தினம்
21 May 2011 — Incumbent
185 days
PAP logo variation.png People's Action Party

(1) Ong Teng Cheong and Tony Tan served under more than one Prime Minister during their time as Deputy Prime Minister.

See also

Cabinet of Singapore

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