4G exco's first tasks - winning the ground, keeping PAP at the centre

The new PAP CEC on stage, with Home Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam, outgoing party chairman Khaw Boon Wan, and Secretary-General Lee Hsien Loong pictured on the large screen in the background. PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO
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Singapore's past two transitions of political leadership were gradual and, as they turned out, fairly uneventful. Its current leaders are striving to ensure the next one is as smooth. But this is not a given, especially as it comes with two years to go - perhaps less - before a general election that will not be as easy for the party as in 2015, when it secured a strong 69.9 per cent vote share.

There is no shortage of examples to show how rapidly voters' moods change, or how major parties can split.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 12, 2018, with the headline 4G exco's first tasks - winning the ground, keeping PAP at the centre. Subscribe