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Singapore dissolves parliament, polls September 11

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore
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Singapore's parliament has been dissolved ahead of elections that will take place next month.

President Tony Tan Keng Yam, on the advice of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, on Tuesday dissolved Singapore's 12th Parliament, according to a government statement.

The vote is scheduled to take place on September 11, the government said.

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The general election will be the first since the death of Singapore's founding father Lee Kuan Yew earlier this year. The city-state this month celebrated the 50th anniversary of its independence.

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The People's Action Party (PAP) has ruled the wealthy Southeast Asian city-state since independence in 1965 and its ability to shift the economy away from export manufacturing to a high-value services and investment-driven growth model has been crucial to Singapore's success at transforming into one of the region's few first-world nations.

The country's one-party system may be unusual to other developed economies but it is one that benefits all of Singapore's residents, said Lee, who is the son of Lee Kuan Yew, at a conference earlier this month.

Despite this, the opposition, which is made up of nine active parties, will contest all 89 seats – the first time that this has happened since 1963, according to local media outlet Channel NewsAsia.