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Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore

The Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore is the deputy head of the government of the Republic of Singapore. The role of Deputy Prime Minister is the second highest post and senior Cabinet Minister in Singapore. The holder will sometimes assume the role of Acting Prime Minister when the PM is temporarily absent from Singapore. Since the mid-1980s, Singapore has usually had two Deputy Prime Ministers at a time. Only Ong Teng Cheong and Tony Tan (who later became Singaporean presidents) served under more than one Prime Minister during their time as Deputy Prime Minister.

Deputy Prime Minister(s) of
the Republic of Singapore
Teo Chee Hean.jpg

Tharman Shanmugaratnam at the official opening of Yuan Ching Secondary School's new building, Singapore - 20100716 (cropped).jpg
Incumbent
Teo Chee Hean, MP
Tharman Shanmugaratnam, MP

since 1 April 2009
21 May 2011 respectively
Appointer Halimah Yacob
(as President of Singapore)
Term length 5 years, renewable.
Depended on the Prime Minister
Inaugural holder Toh Chin Chye
Formation 3 June 1959
Website www.pmo.gov.sg

The office of Deputy Prime Minister dates back to 1959 and was appointed at first by the Governor of Singapore then the Yang di-Pertuan Negara (vice-regal head of state), when Singapore achieved self-governance as the State of Singapore within the British Empire. The title of Deputy Prime Minister remained unchanged after the merger with the Federation of Malaya, Sarawak and North Borneo, while Singapore was a state in the Federation of Malaysia from 1963 to 1965, and after independence in 1965.

Toh Chin Chye was the first deputy prime minister of Singapore from 1959 to 1968 and retired on 2 August 1968.

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List of Deputy Prime MinistersEdit

Deputy Prime Minister Term of office Political Party
  Toh Chin Chye
杜进才
டோ சின் ச்யே
(10 December 1921- 3 February 2012)
MP for Rochor SMC
5 June 1959 — 2 August 1968
9 years, 58 days
  People's Action Party
No Deputy Prime Minister from 2 August 1968 to 1 March 1973
  Goh Keng Swee
吴庆瑞
கோ கேங் சுவீ
(6 October 1918- 14 May 2010)
MP for Kreta Ayer SMC
1 March 1973 — 3 December 1984
11 years, 277 days
  People's Action Party
  S. Rajaratnam
சின்னத்தம்பி இராசரத்தினம்
信那谈比·拉惹勒南
(25 February 1915- 22 February 2006)
MP for Kampong Glam SMC
1 June 1980 — 2 January 1985
4 years, 215 days
  People's Action Party
  Goh Chok Tong
吴作栋
கோ சொக் தொங்
(20 May 1941-)
MP for Marine Parade SMC until 1988
MP for Marine Parade GRC from 1988
2 January 1985 — 28 November 1990
5 years, 330 days
  People's Action Party
  Ong Teng Cheong
王鼎昌
ஓங் டெங் சியோங்
(22 January 1936- 8 February 2002)
MP for Kim Keat SMC
2 January 1985 — 1 September 1993
8 years, 242 days
  People's Action Party
  Lee Hsien Loong
李显龙
லீ சியன் லூங்
(10 February 1952-)
MP for Teck Ghee SMC until 1991
MP for Ang Mo Kio GRC from 1991
28 November 1990 — 12 August 2004
13 years, 258 days
  People's Action Party
  Tony Tan Keng Yam
陈庆炎
டோனி டேன் கெங் யம்
(7 February 1940-)
MP for Sembawang GRC
1 August 1995 — 1 September 2005
10 years, 31 days
  People's Action Party
  S. Jayakumar
ஜெயகுமார்
尚穆根·贾古玛
(12 August 1939-)
MP for East Coast GRC
12 August 2004 — 1 April 2009
4 years, 232 days
  People's Action Party
  Wong Kan Seng
黄根成
வோங் கான் செங்
(8 September 1946-)
MP for Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC
1 September 2005 — 21 May 2011
5 years, 262 days
  People's Action Party
  Teo Chee Hean
张志贤
தியோ சீ ஹியன்
(27 December 1954-)
MP for Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC
1 April 2009 — Incumbent
8 years, 195 days
  People's Action Party
  Tharman Shanmugaratnam
தர்மன் சண்முகரத்தினம்
尚达曼
(25 February 1957-)
MP for Jurong GRC
21 May 2011 — Incumbent
6 years, 145 days
  People's Action Party

Living former Deputy Prime MinistersEdit

Name Term of office Date of birth
Goh Chok Tong
1985–1990
(1941-05-20) 20 May 1941 (age 76)
Lee Hsien Loong
1990–2004
(1952-02-10) 10 February 1952 (age 65)
Tony Tan Keng Yam
1995–2005
(1940-02-07) 7 February 1940 (age 77)
S. Jayakumar
2004–2009
(1939-08-12) 12 August 1939 (age 78)
Wong Kan Seng
2005–2011
(1946-09-08) 8 September 1946 (age 71)

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