GE as early as next year? Depends on several factors

Economy, cost of living and 4G leader among issues to consider: Observers

File photo of boxes being sealed at polling station located at Toa Payoh Lorong 4, on Sept 11, 2015. PHOTO: ST FILE
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Whether Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will call a general election early - as soon as next year - will hinge on several factors, political observers said.

These include uncertainty over the economy, addressing concerns such as the cost of living and a perceived lack of social mobility, and whether the ruling People's Action Party (PAP) believes voters will take to the person the party has chosen as the country's next leader.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 09, 2018, with the headline GE as early as next year? Depends on several factors. Subscribe