Singapore’s Lawrence Wong Sworn In As New Prime Minister In Two Decades

Singapore’s Lawrence Wong Sworn In As New Prime Minister In Two Decades

On Monday, Lawrence Wong, Singapore’s new Prime Minister, assumed office, marking a significant transition after 20 years.

The 51-year-old former economist, who is now a politician, took over for senior minister Lee Hsien Loong. The People’s Action Party (PAP), which is well-known for having ruled Singapore for a longer period of time, chose the politicians in his generation.

Wong, an admirer of Roger Federer, graduated from the University of Michigan with a master’s degree in economics. His ascent coincided with Heng Swee Keat’s withdrawal from consideration to be Lee’s successor.

Wong’s focus is on sustainability, equality, and employment, which is in line with Singapore’s goals. He emphasised global uncertainties in his inaugural speech, as well as Singapore’s approach to friendly diplomacy while defending its interests. The US and China emphasised strategic alliances and expressed the need to work together with Wong’s administration. Taiwan’s foreign ministry pushed for more collaboration, highlighting the close relationship between the two countries.

UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has expressed optimism that his leadership will improve relations with other countries. Under Wong’s leadership, Singapore’s development and standing in the world economy are expected to continue.