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PAP 4.0: A guide to the politics of transition

With speculation in overdrive on the shape of the fourth-generation or 4G group of leaders, here are some principles to remember about the period of transition.

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The last week has seen renewed speculation over who's in and who's out in the race for political leadership in Singapore, which has been dominated by the ruling People's Action Party (PAP) since independence in 1965.

Political pundits have been out in force since last Sunday, when the PAP held its biennial party conference that elected members to the central executive committee (CEC). At that conference, 12 party leaders were voted into the CEC, and the next two top scorers were co-opted. As with past practice, the party may go on to co-opt another four more members to make up an 18-member CEC.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on November 18, 2018, with the headline PAP 4.0: A guide to the politics of transition. Subscribe