Michael Palmer nominated for Speaker of Parliament
SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Tuesday nominated Mr Michael Palmer to be elected as the next Speaker of Parliament when Parliament opens on October 10. A statement from the Prime Minister's Office said Mr Lee has briefed PAP MPs on his nomination and received their full support. The last Speaker of Parliament, Abdullah Tarmugi, has retired from politics. Before the General Election (GE) in May, PM Lee had hinted that Mr Zainul Abidin Rasheed would be made the Speaker of Parliament once he gets elected. Mr Zainul, along with then foreign minister George Yeo, former minister in the PM's Office Lim Hwee Hua, Cynthia Phua and Ong Ye Kung, were part of the People's Action Party (PAP) Aljunied team which lost in the recent GE.