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Singapore dissolves parliament…heads for elections as it battles corona pandemic

The Parliament of Singapore has been dissolved by the country’s Prime Minister for snap elections come 10th July even as they battle the coronavirus pandemic.

The dissolution by Lee Hsien Loong on Tuesday happened four days after the city-state trashed  most of its covid-19 restrictions. During the early hours of Wednesday, the Prime Minister’s estranged brother, Lee Hsien Yang, declared that he would join an opposition party to contest the elections, but had not taken any decision yet as to whether he would stand as a candidate.

According to the Prime Minister, the country must get ready for ups and downs, indicating that there had been  resurgence in cases in some countries that had reopened.

“A long struggle lies ahead…An election now when things are relatively stable will clear the decks and give the new government a fresh full five-year mandate. It can then focus on this national agenda and the difficult decisions it will have to make and to carry.”

source; aljazeera.com

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