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GE2020: Poll results a 'clear mandate' for PAP, says PM Lee

Jul 12, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership
The People's Action Party has received a clear mandate in the general election, but the results also show a desire for a diversity of voices in Parliament, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

PM Lee said that while the ruling party's share of the popular vote - 61.24 per cent - was not as high as he had hoped for, it still reflected a broad base of support for the PAP. "Singaporeans understand what is at stake and why we must come together to uphold our national interests," he said at a virtual press conference held at The Treasury building around 4.30am yesterday.

PM Lee expressed disappointment that the PAP lost in Sengkang, adding that the team led by labour chief Ng Chee Meng "Always knew it was going to be a tough fight".

Flanked by PAP first and second assistant secretaries-general Heng Swee Keat and Chan Chun Sing, party vice-chairman Masagos Zulkifli, treasurer K. Shanmugam and organising secretary Grace Fu at the press conference, PM Lee pledged to serve all Singaporeans.

Whether the election outcome is seen as a strengthening of Singapore will depend not only on the PAP, but also on the opposition, PM Lee said.