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Prime Minister of
the Republic of Singapore
Lee Hsien Loong

since 14 August 2004
Inaugural holder Lee Kuan Yew
Formation 3 June 1959

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The Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore is the head of government of the Republic of Singapore (and prior to 9 August 1965, the State of Singapore). The President of Singapore appoints as Prime Minister a Member of Parliament (MP) who, in his opinion, is most likely to command the confidence of a majority of MPs.

Lee Kuan Yew was prime minister from 1959 to 1990 and retired on 26 November 1990. Lee was succeeded by Goh Chok Tong and was conferred the title of Senior Minister in the Prime Minister's Office.

Goh retired on 12 August 2004 and was succeeded by Lee Kuan Yew's son Lee Hsien Loong. Goh was appointed Senior Minister, and the elder Lee Minister Mentor.


List of Prime Ministers

Prime Minister Start of Term End of Term Mandate Support PM Ward Contested Party
Lee Kuan Yew 5 June 1959 28 November 1990 1968 GE 94.34%
1972 GE 84.08%
1976 GE 89.03%
1980 GE 92.74%
1988 GE 81.60%
Tanjong Pagar People's Action Party
Goh Chok Tong 28 November 1990 12 August 2004 1991 GE 77.25%
1997 GE 72.94%
2001 GE 75.3%
Marine Parade People's Action Party
Lee Hsien Loong 12 August 2004 Incumbent 2006 GE 66.14% Ang Mo Kio People's Action Party

List of deputy prime ministers

The role of deputy Prime Minister is the second highest post and senior cabinet in Singapore and they will take the role of acting prime minister when the PM is temporarily absent.

Deputy Prime Minister Start of Term End of Term Prime Minister
Toh Chin Chye 1959 1968 Lee Kuan Yew
Goh Keng Swee 1968 1985
Sinnathamby Rajaratnam 1980 1985
Goh Chok Tong 1985 1990
Ong Teng Cheong (1) 1985 1993
Goh Chok Tong
Lee Hsien Loong 1990 2004
Tan Keng Yam Tony (1) 1995 2005
Lee Hsien Loong
Shunmugam Jayakumar 2004 2009
Wong Kan Seng 2005 In office
Teo Chee Hean 2009 In office

(1) Ong Teng Cheong and Tony Tan served under at least two Prime Ministers when they were Deputy Prime Minister.

See also

Cabinet of Singapore


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