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Singapore elections signal change
The party, in power since independence in 1965, won 81 out of 87 parliamentary seats and 60.1 percent of the vote on May 7, compared with about 67 percent in the 2006 election, Elections Department data show. Two cabinet members lost their seats, including Foreign Minister George Yeo, as the opposition Workers' Party won a multiple-seat district for the first time.
Lee, 59, faces pressure to be more responsive to criticism of government policies. He said his party will engage the population more in decision-making after what he called a "watershed" election. A reduced monopoly on political discourse may mean increased attention to calls for reining in housing costs and tightening immigration policies that boosted the island's population by about a fifth since 2005.
In the run-up to elections, the government pledged to build more homes and review the income ceiling that lets families buy new units from the public housing authority, instead of through the more expensive resale market.
A higher income ceiling would also allow more people to get lower interest rates on mortgages from the Housing & Development Board, rather than banks such as DBS Group Holdings Ltd. and United Overseas Bank Ltd.
The election results actually are a sign that Singapore has come of age as voters are choosing to see alternatives to the PAP, rather than blindly follow it.
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