Singapore, Registering a landslide victory in the General Election despite an emboldened opposition, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong today thanked Singaporeans for returning his party to power with a massive mandate for the 12th time since independence.
The People’s Action Party (PAP) won an absolute majority of 83 seats in the 89-member Parliament.
The PAP’s main rival—the Workers’ Party—ended up with just six seats, less than the seven it held in the outgoing parliament. A number of smaller parties also ran.
The PAP, which has been ruling the city-state since independence in 1965, got 69.86 per cent of the popular vote, an increase of almost 10 percentage points from its share in 2011.
The gain in percentage points was rated as a landslide win with an island-wide swing towards the PAP, recently seen as losing its popularity on policies.
The victory dashed hopes of a two-party system emerging in Singapore.