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(CNA|sg) S'pore could see first by-election in 20 years

SINGAPORE : Singapore may see its 15th by-election with the expulsion of Hougang MP Yaw Shin Leong from the Workers' Party (WP). If it is called by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, it will be the first by-election in exactly 20 years. The last time Singaporeans went to the polls in a by-election was in 1992. Then-Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong called for one in Marine Parade GRC, to inject new blood into the People's Action Party's (PAP) ranks. Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean was introduced as a candidate to replace the outgoing Lim Chee Onn. It was a four-cornered fight, with the Singapore Justice Party, Singapore Democratic Party and National Solidarity Party joining the fray. The PAP won with 73 per cent of votes. For single wards, the last time a by-election was held was in Anson in 1981. This was after incumbent PAP MP Devan Nair resigned to become President. It was ...

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