Lee Hsien Yang Says He Would Consider Running for Presidency

Lee Hsien Yang says he has received support from “a lot of people” and would consider running for the presidency.

The next presidential election must be held by September this year.

Lee, the estranged brother of prime minister and PAP leader Lee Hsien Loong, said that if he were to run, the PAP “would be in serious trouble and could lose”.

“A lot of people have come to me. They really want me to run. It’s something I would consider.”

Candidates for the presidential race are supposed to be non-partisan under Singapore’s constitution,

However, current president Halimah Yacob was a former PAP MP and senior member of the PAP.

Lee Hsien Yang’s path to presidency will be difficult.

He needs to meet requirements set by the Presidential Elections Committee in order to qualify.

Political observers here say that the committee has too much discretionary power to decide whether candidates are fit to run.

Lawyers say that that an earlier court ruling that he and his wife had lied under oath in judicial proceedings over the will of his father Lee Kuan Yew could see him fail to meet the criteria of being a candidate.

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