“I had expressed the hope that I would be able to hand over by the time I celebrate my 70th birthday. But I do not determine the path of the Covid-19 pandemic, and it will also depend on how events unfold.
And all I can say is, I will see this through. And I’ll hand over in good shape as soon as possible to the next team, and into good hands.”
In July 2020, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said that he hopes to step down when he turns 70.
That came last year – he will turn 71 in 2023.
However, Singapore was not out of the woods with regards to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Covid-19 alert was sounded in Singapore in Feb 2020, when Dorscon Orange was announced.
Yesterday, it was downgraded to green to inform the Singaporean public that all restrictions have been lifted and life goes back to normal.
Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Lawrence Wong has already been touted as the PM-in-waiting.
So with Covid out of the way and a potential new heir to the throne, are PM Lee’s days as prime minister numbered?