A swing of 8 percent was all that the Workers’ Party’s Chen Show Mao needed to displace Mr Low Thia Khiang as Secretary-General.
As the party’s internal election yesterday, Mr Chen scored 45 votes to Mr Low’s 61.
That gave Mr Low a winning average of 57 percent of the votes.
This is the first time Mr Low faced a contest for his position since he became Secretary-General in 2001.
Chairman Sylvia Lim was elected unopposed.
Mr Chen declined to comment on why he ran against Mr Low, but he said that he will continue to work with him.
“Both Mr Low and I said that now that the election is over, we have gone through the process. Everybody is going to work with the CEC under the leadership of Mr Low.”
He might not have been elected as Sec-Gen, but Mr Chen was voted into the WP’s CEC, together with Aljunied GRC MPs Pritam Singh and Muhamad Faisal Abdul Manap.
Also elected as CEC members are Hougang MP Png Eng Huat, NCMPs Daniel Goh, Dennis Tan and Leon Perera, former Punggol East MP Lee Li Lian and former NCMP Gerald Giam, together with new faces Kenneth Foo, Firuz Khan and Tan Kong Soon.