Singapore PM appoints future successor Wong as new deputy

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By Chen Lin SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Monday named finance minister and chosen successor Lawrence Wong as his new deputy effective next week, paving the way for him to become the city state’s next leader. Wong, 49, was picked in April as leader of the People’s Action Party’s (PAP) so-called fourth generation team but the timeframe for a change in power in the ruling party remains unclear. Lee, 70, has previously said Wong would succeed him either before or after the next general election, which is due in 2025. “The next generation leadership is taking sh…

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