Lee Hsien Loong to assume role of Senior Minister in Singapore following handover to Lawrence Wong

Lee Hsien Loong

16th April 2024 – (Singapore) Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced that he will step down from his role on 15th May, transitioning into the role of Senior Minister in the upcoming Cabinet led by his successor, Lawrence Wong. This strategic move is designed to ensure continuity and stability within the government as Singapore navigates complex regional and global challenges.

Deputy Prime Minister Lawrence Wong, who is set to be sworn in as the fourth Prime Minister of Singapore, revealed the forthcoming Cabinet’s configuration will largely retain current ministers in their existing roles with minor adjustments. This decision underscores a commitment to maintaining a steady governmental course while positioning for incremental change. Senior Minister Teo Chee Hean, also the Coordinating Minister for National Security, will continue in his role, highlighting the emphasis on experience within the new administration.

Addressing reporters, DPM Wong articulated a vision for his leadership that balances continuity with the necessity for progressive change. “Our system thrives on gradual evolution and the dynamic infusion of new ideas,” Wong stated, emphasizing that the transition would not precipitate a wholesale reshuffling of the Cabinet. Instead, it would leverage the seasoned wisdom of established ministers while gradually integrating fresh perspectives.

The forthcoming changes in the Cabinet are expected to become more pronounced following the next general election, anticipated by November 2025. DPM Wong noted that the focus is already on scouting potential candidates who could potentially assume political office, preparing for a future that demands innovative approaches to governance.

In the interim, the Cabinet’s agenda remains robust, concentrated on addressing key national issues such as economic resilience, job security, cost of living, and social stability. These priorities align with the objectives set out in the Forward Singapore report, aiming to reinforce the social contract and enhance the quality of life for all Singaporeans.