Singapore’s Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat was introduced to his fellow countrymen as the chosen successor to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the end of 2018.
While the People’s Action Party (PAP), which has governed since independence, can orchestrate a smooth power transition domestically, the next prime minister faces a turbulent external security environment resulting from unpredictable leadership in other areas of the world.
Singapore’s newly-appointed deputy prime minister hinted at a future leadership role.
Former finance minister Heng Swee Keat might have what it takes to be Singapore’s fourth prime minister. However, Fan Lei writes that there are concerns about his health and his limited diplomatic experience.