Singapore PM's estranged brother joins opposition party as election looms
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Singapore PM’s estranged brother joins opposition party ahead of election

SINGAPORE – Lee Hsien Yang, the brother of the Singapore prime minister, said on Wednesday that he had joined an opposition party competing against his sibling at the upcoming July 10 election. But he is yet to decide whether to run as a candidate.

The son of Singapore’s modern-day founder, Lee Kuan Yew, Yang has been embroiled in a bitter dispute with his brother over his late father’s house. He told Reuters he had joined the new Progress Singapore Party (PSP).

Lee criticised his brother Lee Hsien Loong’s People’s Action Party (PAP), which their father founded and which has ruled the city-state since its independence in 1965.

Last year, Hsien Yang said that the PAP had “lost its way” and that he “supported the principles and values of the Progress Singapore Party.”

The PSP is headed by Tan Cheng Bock, a former PAP lawmaker who shot to fame by nearly defeating a candidate backed by the prime minister in the 2011 presidential race.

“We will see,” Lee Hsien Yang replied when asked whether he would stand as a candidate.

(Photos syndicated via Reuters)
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