22 Apr '11, 5am

PM says Singapore not ready for two-party system: SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong...

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who has called for an early general election on May 7, has said the wealthy city-state is not ready for a two-party political system. Lee's People's Action Party (PAP), which has ruled Singapore since independence in 1965, is almost certain to win the election, but analysts say it may not be able to repeat its overwhelming victory at the last poll in 2006 when it clinched 82 of 84 seats with two-thirds of the vote. "To form an opposition to be a sparring partner, yes you can do that," Lee said in an interview with the Straits Times newspaper published on Friday. "To form an opposition to be a hot standby which can switch over, that's a different proposition. You can always form two teams. Questions is, what is the quality? Will they be as good as your all-star team?" A two-party system could be divisive for th...

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