Time to tweak succession formula?

Time to tweak succession formula?

SINGAPORE - If Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is to get his wish to step down by the time he reaches 70, Singapore's next PM might have to be identified by the next general election due in 2016.

That will leave the new PM-designate up to five years to prepare to lead his party in the 2021 General Election.

Mr Lee would then be 69 - hitting his target with a year to spare.

Score one for another carefully thought through succession plan?

In any other democracy, this would have been derided as highly presumptuous, as the PM and his party need to be elected by a majority of the people whose votes should not be taken for granted.

But in the Singapore context, it probably wouldn't raise many eyebrows, so used are the people to having leadership renewal done this way.

Indeed, political succession planning was a Lee Kuan Yew special.

He devised the system for inducting promising young candidates in their 30s and 40s into the Cabinet, mentoring and testing them to get the best into government.

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