December 20, 1992 |
Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong easily won a special election Saturday and said he would use the results to reinvigorate his government. "You have given me your resounding endorsement for the policies of my government and leadership," Goh told supporters after the result. "I pledge on behalf of my colleagues and myself to safeguard the future of Singapore." Beaming, he told reporters Saturday night: "When I land a solid punch, I know it."
January 3, 1997 |
Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong's party won all but two seats in the island nation's general election. The ruling People's Action Party, or PAP, won the election before the votes were cast when opposition parties decided to contest only 36 of Parliament's 83 seats. They had held four seats in the old assembly. Goh, who waged a fierce campaign focused on voters' pockets and sensitive racial issues, was jubilant. "This is a watershed election," he said.
August 27, 1993 |
In many countries, the last few days before a presidential election are filled with campaign rhetoric, political promises and a last gasp of hectic electioneering. But not here. This island nation of 3 million people is having its first-ever presidential election Saturday. But there are no rallies, no debates and no issues. In fact, one of the two candidates really doesn't want the job at all.
September 2, 1991 |
Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong, who has attempted to gradually relax Singapore's authoritarian system of rule, said Sunday that he is reviewing his style of government after what he considered to be an embarrassing decline in the ruling party's electoral popularity. By most standards, the People's Action Party scored a commanding victory by winning 77 of the 81 seats in the legislature in Saturday's elections. But the party's share of the vote fell to 61% from 63.2% in the last election in 1988.
August 22, 1988
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew's ruling People's Action Party, preparing for Sept. 3 parliamentary elections, retired 14 veteran lawmakers, including several high-level ministers, in a major party shake-up. Goh Chok Tong, the party's assistant secretary general, said the shake-up, while "not a pleasant exercise . . . is part of a necessary self-renewal process."
August 29, 1993 |
Former Deputy Prime Minister Ong Teng Cheong became Singapore's first elected president Saturday despite a strong showing by a reluctant opponent who had barely campaigned. Backed by the ruling People's Action Party and the nation's labor unions, the 57-year-old Ong was heavily favored to win a six-year term in the newly strengthened post. He faced token opposition from Chua Kim Yeow, 67, a retired civil servant and banker who said he was urged to run in order to provide a contest.