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The scion PM Lee Hsien Loong suppressed opposition while modernizing Singapore
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The scion PM Lee Hsien Loong suppressed opposition while modernizing Singapore

Under Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Singapore has held its own in an era of globalized finance and cutting-edge tech, even as he continued his venerated father's policy of muzzling free media and snuffing out dissent.The premier steps down Wednesday, passing the baton to his deputy Lawrence Wong, the second non-member of the Lee family to lead the wealthy Asian nation. As the son of the country's founding leader Lee Kuan Yew, Lee Hsien Loong had to live with the perception that he could not have become prime minister without his pedigree. But after nearly two decades at the helm, steering Singapore through a global financial crisis and the Covid-19 pandemic while diversifying its economy, he has left his own imprint on the city-state. He has not hesitated to use defamation laws...
Singapore’s Lee era comes to an end as the PM resigns.
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Singapore’s Lee era comes to an end as the PM resigns.

After 20 years in power, Mr Lee formally handed over the reins to deputy PM and finance minister Lawrence Wong on Wednesday night. Since becoming an independent nation in 1965, Singapore has only had four prime ministers - all from the ruling People's Action Party (PAP). The first was Mr Lee's father, Lee Kuan Yew, who is widely considered as the founder of modern Singapore and led the country for 25 years. Analysts say the transition signals an evolution in Singapore's political leadership as it moves out of the shadow of the Lee family, even though Mr Lee will remain in cabinet as a senior minister. Over the weekend in his final interview as prime minister with local media, he thanked Singaporeans for their support. "I didn’t try to run faster than everybody else. I tried
Lawrence Wong will be the new prime minister of Singapore, taking center stage.
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Lawrence Wong will be the new prime minister of Singapore, taking center stage.

Wong is only the fourth leader in Singapore’s 59-year history as an independent nation. Like his predecessors, he is a member of the People’s Action Party (PAP), co-founded by the elder Lee and the only ruling party Singaporeans have ever known. The stage is now set for a general election in the city-state of 6 million people, which observers say could be held as early as this year, although the term of the current government does not expire until 2025. At the last election in 2020, the PAP secured more than 61 percent of the vote, losing just 10 seats in the 98-member parliament to the opposition, but this was considered a sub-par performance given the opposition had won only six seats in the previous parliament. Lawrence Wong tossing 'yee sang' with Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, wife
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Panama Elections: Navigating the Dragon’s Shadow

Post the May 5 presidential election in Panama, it’s of utmost importance for the president-elect to strategize a long-term plan with China, such a plan that prioritizes Panama’s development. Back in 2017, six months subsequent to the initiation of diplomatic relations with China, Juan Carlos Varela, the then Panamanian President, articulated in Beijing his nation’s ambition to serve as China’s “commercial arm” in Latin America. This proclamation served as a rationale for Panama’s newfound partnership with the authoritative People’s Republic, following the termination of its ties with democratic Taiwan. Six years into the bilateral ties, characterized by striking differences, the gap between intended plans and actual actions is clear. China holds a dominant position in the current rela
Upendra Yadav, Nepal’s deputy prime minister, steps down, which is a blow to the Prachanda-led administration.
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Upendra Yadav, Nepal’s deputy prime minister, steps down, which is a blow to the Prachanda-led administration.

Nepal's Deputy Prime Minister and senior Madhesi leader Upendra Yadav on Monday tendered his resignation and his party pulled out of the government, a setback to Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda-led coalition government. Mr. Yadav, also the Minister for Health and Population, submitted his resignation to Prime Minister “Prachanda” on Monday morning, according to sources close to the Madhesi leader. Along with Mr. Yadav, Minister of State for Forest and Environment Dipak Karki, from the same party, has also submitted his resignation. The resignation by Yadav, the Chairman of Janata Samajwadi Party Nepal (JSP-Nepal), comes a week after his party split into two groups with senior leader Ashok Rai forming a new party named Janata Samajwadi Party. The new party has been recogn
Maldives Minister: Pilots Unable To Fly Aircraft Donated By India
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Maldives Minister: Pilots Unable To Fly Aircraft Donated By India

The Maldives military still does not have pilots capable of operating three aircraft donated by India, Defence Minister Ghassan Maumoon has acknowledged, days after 76 Indian defence personnel left the island nation at the instance of Maldives President Mohamed Muizzu. Ghassan Maumoon made the remarks at a press conference held at the President's Office here on Saturday to brief the media about the withdrawal of Indian soldiers stationed in the Maldives to operate two helicopters and a Dornier aircraft and their replacement with civilians from India. Responding to a question from a journalist, Ghassan Maumoon said there were no Maldivian soldiers with the Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF) who can operate the three aircraft donated by the Indian military despite some soldie...
A minister from the Maldives acknowledges that its pilots are incapable of operating an aircraft provided by India.
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A minister from the Maldives acknowledges that its pilots are incapable of operating an aircraft provided by India.

The Maldives’s Defence Minister Ghassan Maumoon has admitted that its military lacks pilots capable of operating three aircraft donated by India, days after the last of the Indian defence personnel left the island nation. "There aren't any people licenced to fly the aircraft," said Defence Minister Ghassan Maumoon at a media briefing in Male on Sunday. Maumoon explained that Maldivian soldiers who began training to fly the aircraft under previous administrations were unable to complete the program due to unspecified reasons. PMMUST READNarendra Modi government 3.0: Full list of ministers who took oath TRENDING TOPICS:Elections 2024Pune Porsche CrashIsrael-Hamas WarFrench OpenCyclone RemalThe Indian personnel left the Maldives on Friday, adhering to a deadline set in February a
PM Prachanda of Nepal is optimistic about winning the confidence vote on Monday.
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PM Prachanda of Nepal is optimistic about winning the confidence vote on Monday.

Nepal Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' has exuded confidence that he would win the trust vote in the House of Representatives on Monday, days after a coalition partner withdrew its support for his government. Mr. Prachanda, 69, a former guerilla leader, belongs to the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Centre), the third largest party in the House of Representatives (HoR). He will seek a vote of confidence in Parliament, the fourth within 18 months of taking office, amidst obstruction of the House proceedings by the Opposition Nepali Congress demanding a probe into the alleged involvement of Home Minister Rabi Lamichhane in the misappropriation of cooperative funds. Also read: Nepal politics, past, present, and future  “There is no doubt tha