Singapore new PM to take over Aug 12

By United Press International   |   July 17, 2004 at 7:02 AM

SINGAPORE, July 17 (UPI) -- Singapore Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong has announced he will relinquish his office Aug. 12.

He will formally advise the president to appoint Deputy Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to succeed him. Lee, the son of the founding father of modern Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew, has the unanimous support of the PAP MPs.

The new prime minister will be sworn in at 8.00 pm Aug. 12.

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