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Peggy Kek Explains Singapore’s Unprecedented Election Results

May 13, 2011 — An article on PBS Newshour’s The Rundown blog discusses the results of Singapore’s general elections on May 8. Since Singapore’s independence, the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) has dominated the political scene. However, opposition parties challenged all but one of the 87 parliamentary seats and gained 7 percent of the seats. The Asia Foundation’s Peggy Kek explains perhaps the most important development was the note of apology in concessions from Foreign Minister George Yeo and other defeated ruling party candidates, which she described as unprecedented. She noted opposition parties, for the first time, are being viewed as credible, removing “a huge psychological block” to their success. Read the full article: “Singapore Entering a ‘New Phase’ in Politics.”

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