Singapore. According to
Countryaah official site, the government decided to announce
parliamentary elections in May, one year before the term of
office expired. The position was advantageous in terms of
opinion; Singapore was one of the world's fastest growing
economies, with growth in 2010 of almost 15%.
Still, the ruling party People's Action Party (PAP),
which has ruled Singapore since the 1950s, achieved its
worst result since independence in 1965. However, no threat
to losing power was the result - voter support of 60%
provided 81 of the 87 seats. But even Prime Minister Lee
Hsien Loong called the election "a water divider".
Shortly thereafter, national father Lee Kuan Yew, the
prime minister's father, who himself was head of government
in 1959-90, announced that he would retire. In total,
87-year-old Lee had served more than half a century in the
government, most recently as "minister mentor".
In August, Singaporeans had to elect their president for
the first time in 18 years. Two previous elections had been
canceled when only one candidate was considered qualified
enough for the job. Now four candidates participated, all
with the surname Tan. It was so evenly weighted between the
two top names that the electoral authority ordered a
recalculation. In the end, Tony Tan was voted winner, with
just over 7,000 votes overweight. The victory margin was so
scarce that the result emerged as a setback for Prime
Minister Lee, who had supported Tony Tan.