Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore

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Deputy Prime Minister(s) of
the Republic of Singapore
Teo Chee Hean.jpg

Tharman Shanmugaratnam at the official opening of Yuan Ching Secondary School's new building, Singapore - 20100716 (cropped).jpg
Incumbent
Teo Chee Hean
Tharman Shanmugaratnam

since 1 April 2009
21 May 2011
Appointer Tony Tan Keng Yam
(as President of Singapore)
Term length 5 years, renewable.
Depended on the Prime Minister
Inaugural holder Toh Chin Chye
Formation 3 June 1959
Website http://www.pmo.gov.sg/
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The Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore is the deputy head of the government of the Republic of Singapore. The role of Deputy Prime Minister is the second highest post and senior Cabinet Minister in Singapore. The holder will sometimes assume the role of Acting Prime Minister when the PM is temporarily absent from Singapore. Since the mid-1980s, Singapore has usually had two Deputy Prime Ministers at a time. Only Ong Teng Cheong and Tony Tan served under more than one Prime Minister during their time as Deputy Prime Minister.

The office of Deputy Prime Minister dates back to 1959 and was appointed at first by the Governor of Singapore then the Yang di-Pertuan Negara (vice-regal head of state), when Singapore achieved self-governance as the State of Singapore within the British Empire. The title of Deputy Prime Minister remained unchanged after the merger with the Federation of Malaya, Sarawak and British North Borneo, while Singapore was a state in the Federation of Malaysia from 1963 to 1965, and after independence in 1965.

Toh Chin Chye was the deputy first prime minister of Singapore from 1959 to 1968 and retired on 2 August 1968.

List of deputy prime ministers[edit]

Deputy Prime Minister Term of office Political Party
Toh chin chye.jpg Toh Chin Chye
杜进才
டோ சின் ச்யே
(1921-2012)
MP for Rochor SMC
5 June 1959 — 2 August 1968
3346 days
PAP logo variation.png People's Action Party
none (2 August 1968 — 1 March 1973)
GohKS.jpg Goh Keng Swee
吴庆瑞
கோ கேங் சுவீ
(1918-2010)
MP for Kreta Ayer SMC
1 March 1973 — 3 December 1984
4295 days
PAP logo variation.png People's Action Party
SRajaratnam smiling.jpg S. Rajaratnam
சின்னத்தம்பி இராசரத்தினம்
信那谈比·拉惹勒南
(1915-2006)
MP for Kampong Glam SMC
1 June 1980 — 2 January 1985
1676 days
PAP logo variation.png People's Action Party
GohChokTong-WashingtonDC-20010614.jpg Goh Chok Tong
吴作栋
கோ சொக் தொங்
(1941-)
MP for Marine Parade SMC until 1988
MP for Marine Parade GRC from 1988
2 January 1985 — 28 November 1990
2156 days
PAP logo variation.png People's Action Party
OngTengCheong-1993.jpg Ong Teng Cheong
王鼎昌
ஓங் டெங் சியோங்
(1936-2002)
MP for Kim Keat SMC
2 January 1985 — 1 September 1993
3164 days
PAP logo variation.png People's Action Party
Lee Hsien-Loong - World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2012 cropped.jpg Lee Hsien Loong
李显龙
லீ சியன் லூங்
(1952-)
MP for Teck Ghee SMC until 1991
MP for Ang Mo Kio GRC from 1991
28 November 1990 — 12 August 2004
5006 days
PAP logo variation.png People's Action Party
Tony Tan 20110623.jpg Tony Tan Keng Yam
陈庆炎
டோனி டேன் கெங் யம்
(1940-)
MP for Sembawang GRC
1 August 1995 — 1 September 2005
3684 days
PAP logo variation.png People's Action Party
Coat of arms of Singapore (blazon).svg S. Jayakumar
ஜெயகுமார்
尚穆根·贾古玛
(1939-)
MP for East Coast GRC
12 August 2004 — 1 April 2009
1693 days
PAP logo variation.png People's Action Party
WongKanSeng-20060314.jpg Wong Kan Seng
黄根成
வோங் கான் செங்
(1946-)
MP for Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC
1 September 2005 — 21 May 2011
2088 days
PAP logo variation.png People's Action Party
TeoCheeHean-Singapore-20060603.jpg Teo Chee Hean
张志贤
தியோ சீ ஹியன்
(1954-)
MP for Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC
1 April 2009 — Incumbent
1979 days
PAP logo variation.png People's Action Party
Tharman Shanmugaratnam at the official opening of Yuan Ching Secondary School's new building, Singapore - 20100716 (cropped).jpg Tharman Shanmugaratnam
தர்மன் சண்முகரத்தினம்
尚达曼
(1957-)
MP for Jurong GRC
21 May 2011 — Incumbent
1199 days
PAP logo variation.png People's Action Party

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