Singaporeans will get a good indication of who is most likely to succeed Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong as People's Action Party (PAP) leader and the country's fourth prime minister on Friday (Nov 23).
Sources said that the party's top decision-making body met on Wednesday night to finalise its choice of who fills the crucial post of first assistant secretary-general.
The central executive committee (CEC) also firmed up the rest of its slate of new office-holders.
The Straits Times understands that the PAP will announce its line-up to the public on Friday. The party will also hold separate meetings with its MPs and branch secretaries on the same day to inform them about the CEC's decision.
PM Lee, the PAP secretary-general, is unlikely to attend the media conference, as he intends for the focus to be on the fourth-generation leadership, sources said. The 66-year-old has said he intends to hand over the premiership by the time he turns 70, which is in 2022.
But before that, PM Lee has said his successor must play a key role in leading the PAP into the next general election, which cadres say can take place as early as next year but must be held by April 2021.