Singaporean Prime Minister will Step Down on May 15th

The current Prime Minister (PM) of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong, will step down from his position on May 15th, according to an announcement he made on his social media accounts.

The PM’s Office also released a statement confirming that he will step down next month. However, neither Lee nor the PM’s Office said why he is stepping down from his role as PM, but there are rumors of Lee suffering from an unspecified “illness.”

The statement said that Lee will “formally advise” the president to appoint Deputy PM and Finance Minister Lawrence Wong to the role. The statement also said that Wong has the “unanimous support” of the People’s Action Party (PAP) MPs.

Wong will be sworn in as PM on May 15th at 8:00 p.m. local time at the Istana, the Singaporean President’s official office and residence.

Lee urged “all Singaporeans to give Lawrence and his team your full support & work with them to create a brighter future for Singapore.”

Lee did not say whether he would step down as PAP’s Secretary General.