Prime Minister of Singapore

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Prime Minister of
the Republic of Singapore
Perdana Menteri Republik Singapura  (Malay)
新加坡共和国总理 (Chinese)
சிங்கப்பூர் குடியரசின் பிரதமர்  (Tamil)
Crest of the Prime Minister of Singapore.png
Prime Minister's Crest
Lee Hsien Loong - 20101112.jpg
Incumbent
Lee Hsien Loong

since 14 August 2004
ResidenceSri Temasek
AppointerS.R. Nathan
(as President of Singapore)
Term length5 years or earlier, renewable.
The Parliament of Singapore must be dissolved every 5 years or earlier by the Prime Minister. The leader of the largest party in the parliament will become the Prime Minister.
Inaugural holderLee Kuan Yew
Formation3 June 1959
SalaryS$2.2 million annually
Websitehttp://www.pmo.gov.sg/
 
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Prime Minister of
the Republic of Singapore
Perdana Menteri Republik Singapura  (Malay)
新加坡共和国总理 (Chinese)
சிங்கப்பூர் குடியரசின் பிரதமர்  (Tamil)
Crest of the Prime Minister of Singapore.png
Prime Minister's Crest
Lee Hsien Loong - 20101112.jpg
Incumbent
Lee Hsien Loong

since 14 August 2004
ResidenceSri Temasek
AppointerS.R. Nathan
(as President of Singapore)
Term length5 years or earlier, renewable.
The Parliament of Singapore must be dissolved every 5 years or earlier by the Prime Minister. The leader of the largest party in the parliament will become the Prime Minister.
Inaugural holderLee Kuan Yew
Formation3 June 1959
SalaryS$2.2 million annually
Websitehttp://www.pmo.gov.sg/
Coat of arms of Singapore (blazon).svg
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The Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore (Malay: Perdana Menteri Republik Singapura; Chinese: 新加坡共和国总理; Tamil: சிங்கப்பூர் குடியரசின் பிரதமர்) is the head of the government of the Republic 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.

The office of Prime Minister dates back to 1959 and was appointed at first by the Governor of Singapore then the Yang di-Pertuan Negara (vice-regal head of state), when Singapore achieved self-governance as the State of Singapore within the British Empire. The title of Prime Minister remained unchanged after the merger with the Federation of Malaya, Sarawak and British North Borneo, while Singapore was a state in the Federation of Malaysia from 1963 to 1965, and after independence in 1965.

Lee Kuan Yew was the first prime minister of Singapore 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.

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List of Prime Ministers of Singapore[edit]

Self-governance of Singapore[edit]

PortraitName
(Birth–Death)
Constituency
Term of officePartyDeputiesDays
1Lee Kuan Yew cropped.jpgLee Kuan Yew
李光耀
லீ குவான் இயூ
(1923-)
MP for Tanjong Pagar SMC
3 June
1959
16 September
1963
PAP logo variation.png People's Action PartyToh Chin Chye1564
1959

Republic of Singapore[edit]

PortraitName
(Birth–Death)
Constituency
Term of officePartyDeputiesDays
1Lee Kuan Yew cropped.jpgLee Kuan Yew
李光耀
லீ குவான் இயூ
(1923-)
MP for Tanjong Pagar SMC
12 August
1965
28 November
1990
PAP logo variation.png People's Action PartyToh Chin Chye, Goh Keng Swee
S. Rajaratnam, Goh Chok Tong
Ong Teng Cheong
9239
1963, 1968, 1972, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988
The first Prime Minister of Singapore. The youngest to be elected in the office, at the age of 35. He presided over the expansion of Singapore's economy from a third world country into a first world country. He lead PAP into winning 8 consecutive elections.
2GohChokTong-WashingtonDC-20010614.jpgGoh Chok Tong
吴作栋
கோ சொக் தொங்
(1941-)
MP for Marine Parade GRC
28 November
1990
12 August
2004
PAP logo variation.png People's Action PartyOng Teng Cheong, Lee Hsien Loong
Tony Tan Keng Yam
5006
1991, 1997, 2001
The second Prime Minister of Singapore.
3Lee Hsien Loong - 20101112.jpgLee Hsien Loong
李显龙
லீ சியன் லூங்
(1952-)
MP for Ang Mo Kio GRC
12 August
2004
IncumbentPAP logo variation.png People's Action PartyTony Tan Keng Yam, S. Jayakumar
Wong Kan Seng, Teo Chee Hean
Tharman Shanmugaratnam
3227
2006, 2011
The third Prime Minister of Singapore. One of his major accomplishments was to propose the building of 2 Integrated Resorts (IR) in Singapore. Singapore hosted the inaugural summer Youth Olympic Games in 2010. Abolished ranking of schools. Prior to his appointment as PM, he served as Deputy Prime Minister (1991-2004), Minister of Finance, Minister of Trade & Industry.

List of deputy prime ministers[edit]

The role of Deputy Prime Minister is the second highest post and senior Cabinet Minister in Singapore. The holder will sometimes assume the role of Acting Prime Minister when the PM is temporarily absent from Singapore. Since the mid-1980s, Singapore has usually had two Deputy Prime Ministers at a time. Only Ong Teng Cheong and Tony Tan served under more than one Prime Minister during their time as Deputy Prime Minister.

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