21 May '11, 8am

[TR] Why Lee Kuan Yew, Modern Singapore’s Founding Father, Stepped Down

From the epochal to the mundane, the decisions of Singapore’s Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew have steered the history of his island nation for more than half a century. But as the political party Lee founded in 1954 seeks to shore up its sliding fortunes with a younger and more politically outspoken electorate, the 87-year-old man regarded as modern Singapore’s founding father has withdrawn from day-to-day governance by quitting his Cabinet post along with Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong, who succeeded Lee as Prime Minister in 1990. “The time has come for a younger generation to carry Singapore forward in a more difficult and complex situation,” said Ministers Lee and Goh in their joint May 14 letter of resignation. Singapore’s more “complex” situation was mirrored in the country’s May 7 general election. The share of the popular vote for Lee’s People’s Action Party (PAP) fell...

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