Sunday, May 8, 2011

Opposition Makes Gains in Singapore's Election

Sunday, May 8, 2011

SINGAPORE—Opposition leaders scored their biggest gains ever in weekend general elections that provided the strongest signal yet of a loosening of Singapore's tightly controlled political system.

The ruling People's Action Party, which has dominated Singapore since independence in 1965, remained in power as expected in Saturday's polls, winning 81 of 87 parliamentary seats.

But it did so with its lowest share of the popular vote since Singapore became a nation—only 60.1%, compared to nearly 67% in the last poll in 2006. The opposition, meanwhile, won its biggest number of seats ever, after holding just two seats in the most recent ...

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