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.