08 May '11, 11am

Asean leaders saddened by George Yeo's defeat #SGelections

Asean leaders saddened by George Yeo's defeat #SGelections

JAKARTA - ASEAN ministers and leaders, who consider Foreign Minister George Yeo 'an ardent advocate' for the Asean cause, were saddened and surprised by his defeat in Singapore's general election, said Senior Minister S. Jayakumar on Sunday. Mr Yeo was the highest-level casualty in Saturday's polls after losing the battle in Aljunied GRC to the Workers' Party, which made history by capturing the first GRC for the opposition. 'Nearly everyone I spoke to, ministers and leaders were saddened, disappointed and surprised to know that Foreign Minister George Yeo has lost. They will miss him,' said Professor Jayakumar, who is representing Singapore at the Asean Summit in Jakarta. He said the election outcome, which saw the Workers' Party winning a GRC and retaining its Hougang stronghold, represented 'a major step in the evolution of Singapore's parliamentary and political system...

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