Pritam Singh, The Next WP Leader?

When one thinks of Singapore Politics, a discussion without the mention of the late Joshua Benjamin Jeyaretnam (JBJ) hardly takes place. In 1981, he became the first opposition politician to win a seat in Parliament since Singapore's independence in 1965. He was the leader of the Worker's Party from 1971 to 2001.
 
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Will Pritam Singh take his place in Singapore politics folklore?

Several key members of the Worker's Party (WP) central executive council (CEC) have backed Pritam Singh, 41, to succeed Low Thia Khiang. Mr Singh will need to be voted in by the members when the time comes. Present Non-Constituency Members of Parliament (NCMPs) Dennis Tan and Leon Perera and former NCMP Gerald Giam have expressed their support for Mr Singh.

Mr Singh is well-known for speeches both in an out of Parliament as one who is able to connect to the layman as well as being able to articulate on points of law adeptly. 

The Next CEC elections

A few months ago, Mr Low announced that he will be stepping down as the WP chief. With the next election in April 2018, it could be a two-way fight between Mr Singh and Mr Chen Show Mao who had challenged Mr Low for the top post in the previous elections in 2016. According to the Today article, WP party members do not expect another challenge from Mr Chen or anyone else when the cadres elect their office bearers this year. This would pave the way for a smooth leadership transition.




However, the results from the 2016 CEC elections, where Mr Chen lost with 45 votes to Mr Low’s 61 does suggest that there might be existing support for Mr Chen. 
 

 

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