19 Apr '11, 1pm

How Singapore's General Election is viewed by the foreign press:

SINGAPORE - After a painstaking search involving hundreds of man-hours and very likely thousands of cups of tea, Singapore's overpowering political machine, the People's Action Party, has presented to the public its carefully vetted crop of next-generation candidates for an election it is virtually certain to dominate again. The party, which has never been out of power since Singapore became a self-governing state in 1959, now holds 82 of the 84 elected seats in Parliament and is expected to come close to that number again in the next election. It has introduced 24 new candidates over the past month, in a regular generational cycle that party leaders say is more significant than usual this year because the new slate probably includes the next prime minister. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has not yet announced the date of the election, which must be held by February 2012. ...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/SingaporeVotes/EDC110419-00012...

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