Singapore House Speaker Resigns in New Blow to Ruling Party

  • Singapore’s ruling People’s Action Party was rocked by two unexpected resignations, including that of parliament speaker Tan Chuan-Jin, further fueling one of the biggest political crises in the city-state’s history.
  • Once seen as a potential prime ministerial candidate by political observers, Tan, 54, stepped down from positions in government and the party, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said in a statement Monday. He is the second parliament speaker to resign for having an inappropriate relationship in just over a decade.
  • His resignation is the latest in a series of scandals to send shockwaves through Singapore, including a graft probe on a cabinet minister and investigations into pricey rentals by two other members of Lee’s administration. This comes at a precarious time for the PAP, which is navigating a leadership succession in its nearly six decades of power and battling voter unhappiness over rising living costs.
  • The resignations on Monday may shake voter confidence after last week’s arrest of Transport Minister S. Iswaran and property tycoon Ong Beng Seng in a graft probe that’s challenged the city-state’s reputation for clean governance.

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