May 7, 2006 |
Singapore's ruling party celebrated a landslide victory in parliamentary elections that signaled continuity in the city-state's trademark mix of economic success, social stability and tight political controls. Final results showed Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's People's Action Party won 82 of 84 seats in Parliament, the same as in the previous assembly.
August 23, 2004 |
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong vowed to relax Singapore's tight rules on public gatherings in his first policy speech since he was sworn in 10 days earlier. Singapore, which bars demonstrations, gatherings or speeches without a permit under strict free-speech controls, will allow unlicensed public talks if they are held indoors and avoid "sensitive subjects" such as race and religion, Lee said.
November 27, 1990
Lee Kuan Yew, the unchallenged leader of Singapore for the last 31 years, finally steps down Wednesday in favor of his handpicked successor as prime minister, Goh Chok Tong. With Lee expected to stay in the Cabinet as a senior minister, however, few expect that Goh will be completely free to chart a new course. He has said he prefers a more open, consultative style of government.
October 14, 1991 |
Trade Pact With United States Signed: After signing a general agreement on trade talks with members of the Assn. of Southeast Asian nations, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative will now begin to negotiate specific pacts designed to expand American economic ties with Singapore and the other nations in the group. U.S.
September 29, 2006 |
Singapore announced that it had banned the Far Eastern Economic Review magazine after it failed to comply with new rules. "It is a privilege and not a right for foreign newspapers to circulate in Singapore," the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts said. The government said the publication failed to appoint a legal representative and pay a $126,000 security bond. In a separate case, the Review, published by Dow Jones & Co.
November 28, 1995 |
Settling its second defamation suit in Singapore this year, the International Herald Tribune newspaper Monday agreed to pay $214,285 to Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew, state-run television reported. The amount was decided at a High Court hearing Monday, the report said. Lee was Singapore's prime minister from 1959 to 1990. The suit arose over an article published in October, 1994, that Lee's lawyers said alleged he had tried to suppress democratic political activity.