Singapore heads for snap elections despite coronavirus pandemic

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Despite a ban on rallies, Prime Minister Lee gave an assurance that political parties can still campaign effectively, and voters can cast ballots safely [File: Edgar Su/Reuters]

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has dissolved parliament for snap elections on July 10, months before they are due and even as the city-state battles the coronavirus pandemic.

The dissolution of parliament late on Tuesday came just four days after the city-state lifted most coronavirus restrictions, and appeared to be an attempt to take advantage of a quiet window before a possible worsening of the pandemic’s impact.

On Wednesday morning, the prime minister’s estranged brother, Lee Hsien Yang, announced that he would join an opposition party to contest the elections, but had not yet decided if he would stand as a candidate.

Prime Minister Lee said the country must prepare for ups and downs, noting there had been a resurgence

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