Led by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, the PAP — which has been in power since 1959 — won 83 out of 93 seats in parliament, securing a super majority.
The Workers’ Party took the remaining 10 seats — the most ever held by opposition lawmakers since the city-state’s first general election in 1968.
The PAP’s share of the popular vote also slid to 61.2%, down from nearly 70% five years ago and close to the party’s record low of 60% in 2011.
The election saw a voter turnout of nearly 96%.
“We have a clear mandate but the percentage of the popular vote is not as high as I had hoped for,” Lee said Saturday. “The results reflect the pain and uncertainty that Singaporeans feel in this (Covid-19) crisis.”
Voting during the pandemic
Last month, Lee said the election would “clear the decks and give the new government a fresh, full five-year mandate.”
“The alternative is to wait out the Covid-19 pandemic, but we have no assurance that the pandemic will be over before this government’s term must end next April, and that is why I have decided to hold the general elections now,” Lee said at the time.
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