Cabinet reshuffle: Strong message on who will be in charge next, say observers

Minister Heng Swee Keat was appointed as the sole Deputy Prime Minister in the latest Cabinet reshuffle yesterday, a strong signal to the international community that he is next in charge.
Minister Heng Swee Keat was appointed as the sole Deputy Prime Minister in the latest Cabinet reshuffle yesterday, a strong signal to the international community that he is next in charge.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has sent a clear message that Mr Heng Swee Keat is the next leader of Singapore by appointing him as the sole Deputy Prime Minister in the latest Cabinet reshuffle yesterday, observers said.

"It's a strong signal to the international community that Mr Heng is next in charge," said Mr Ho Meng Kit, chief executive of the Singapore Business Federation, adding that the move would make for a stable handover later.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 24, 2019, with the headline 'Strong message on who will be in charge next, say observers'. Print Edition | Subscribe