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Wednesday, May 01, 2019, 14:51
Singapore deputy PM nods to future leadership role in speech
By Reuters
Wednesday, May 01, 2019, 14:51 By Reuters

Singapore's then finance minister Heng Swee Keat delivers a keynote address at the 8th World Bank-Singapore Infrastructure Finance Summit in Singapore on April 5, 2018. (ROSLAN RAHMAN / AFP)

SINGAPORE - Singapore's newly-appointed deputy prime minister hinted at a future leadership role in a speech on Wednesday in which he echoed a pledge made by previous prime ministers to support the city-state's labor movement. 

I renew today the pledge that Mr Lee (Lee Kuan Yew) made...50 years ago, and that every prime minister has since renewed. I assure you the close symbiotic relationship between the PAP and the NTUC (labor movement)...will continue

 Heng Swee Keat, Singapore's deputy prime minister

Heng Swee Keat's remarks came during a rally to mark Singapore's annual Labor Day - a speech which has been made by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in recent years. 

Heng, 57, was promoted to a key post within the ruling People's Action Party last year and to deputy prime minister last month. The moves strengthened expectations he will take over from Lee, son of Singapore's founding father Lee Kuan Yew, who is expected to step down in the coming years. 

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"Today is the first time I am speaking to you as leader of the next generation of PAP leaders," Heng said on the day his role as deputy prime minister came into effect. 

"I renew today the pledge that Mr Lee (Lee Kuan Yew) made...50 years ago, and that every prime minister has since renewed. I assure you the close symbiotic relationship between the PAP and the NTUC (labor movement)...will continue," Heng said. 

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