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The deputy prime minister of Singapore is the deputy head of government of the Republic of Singapore. The incumbent deputy prime ministers are Heng Swee Keat and Lawrence Wong, who took office on 1 May 2019 and 13 June 2022 respectively.
|Deputy Prime Minister of the|
Republic of Singapore
|Appointer||Prime Minister of Singapore|
|Term length||At the Prime Minister's pleasure|
|Inaugural holder||Toh Chin Chye|
|Formation||3 June 1959|
(including S$192,500 MP salary)
The deputy prime minister is the second highest post, and is a senior Cabinet minister in Singapore. Since the mid-1980s, Singapore has had two deputy prime ministers at a time. The holder will sometimes assume the role of acting prime minister when the prime minister is temporarily absent from Singapore.
The office of Deputy Prime Minister dates back to 1959 and was first appointed by the Governor of Singapore and later the Yang di-Pertuan Negara, when Singapore attained self-governance from the British Empire.
The title of Deputy Prime Minister remained unchanged after the merger with the Federation of Malaya, Sarawak and North Borneo to form Malaysia, while Singapore was a federated state of Malaysia between 1963 and 1965. Toh Chin Chye was the first deputy prime minister of Singapore between 1959 and 1968.
Heng Swee Keat was widely believed to be poised to succeed Lee Hsien Loong as the next prime minister following his appointment as Deputy Prime Minister in May 2019. Heng subsequently withdrew himself from the nomination in April 2021 citing age and health reasons. Lawrence Wong assumed the office as Deputy Prime Minister on 13 June 2022, serving alongside Heng Swee Keat.
List of deputy prime ministersEdit
|Portrait||Name||Term of office||Political party||Head of government|
|Took office||Left office||Time in office||Prime Minister|
|Toh Chin Chye
|5 June 1959||2 August 1968||9 years, 58 days||People's Action Party||Lee Kuan Yew|
|Vacant (2 August 1968 – 1 March 1973)|
|Goh Keng Swee
|1 March 1973||1 January 1985||11 years, 306 days||People's Action Party||Lee Kuan Yew|
|1 June 1980||1 January 1985||4 years, 214 days|
|Goh Chok Tong
|2 January 1985||28 November 1990||5 years, 330 days|
|Ong Teng Cheong
|2 January 1985||1 September 1993||8 years, 242 days||Lee Kuan Yew|
Goh Chok Tong
|Lee Hsien Loong
|28 November 1990||12 August 2004||13 years, 258 days||Goh Chok Tong|
|1 August 1995||1 September 2005||10 years, 31 days||Goh Chok Tong|
Lee Hsien Loong
|12 August 2004||1 April 2009||4 years, 232 days||Lee Hsien Loong|
|Wong Kan Seng
|1 September 2005||21 May 2011||5 years, 262 days|
|Teo Chee Hean
|1 April 2009||30 April 2019||10 years, 30 days|
|21 May 2011||30 April 2019||7 years, 345 days|
|Heng Swee Keat
|1 May 2019||Incumbent||3 years, 215 days|
|13 June 2022||Incumbent||173 days|
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