14 May '11, 2pm

Singapore's founding father quits cabinet

Singapore's founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew said Saturday he will retire from cabinet as the government reaches out to citizens after losing seats in recent elections. The surprise statement came a week after the opposition scored a major breakthrough in the polls that revealed deep resentment against the People's Action Party (PAP) which has ruled the country for more than 50 years. Goh Chok Tong , the city-state's second premier, is also to retire, according to a statement released jointly with 87-year-old Lee. "We have studied the new political situation and thought how it can affect the future... The time has come for a younger generation to carry Singapore forward in a more difficult and complex situation," the statement said. "After a watershed general election, we have decided to leave the cabinet and have a completely younger team of ministers to connect to an...

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