List of past members of the Government of Singapore

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An evening view of Parliament House by the Singapore River in November 2007

This is a list of past members of the Government of Singapore. The Government of Singapore is defined by the Constitution of the Republic of Singapore to mean the Executive branch of government, which is made up of the President and the Cabinet of Singapore. Although the President acts in his personal discretion in the exercise of certain functions as a check on the Cabinet and Parliament of Singapore, his role is largely ceremonial. It is the Cabinet, composed of the Prime Minister and other Ministers appointed on his advice by the President, that generally directs and controls the Government.[1] The Cabinet is formed by the political party that gains a simple majority in each general election.

Members of Parliament (MPs) may be appointed as Ministers of State to aid Ministers in the performance of their functions. In addition, the Constitution provides that the President, acting in accordance with the advice of the Prime Minister, may appoint Parliamentary Secretaries from among the MPs to assist Ministers in the discharge of their duties and functions.[2] Such office holders are not regarded as members of the Cabinet.

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  1. ^ Constitution of the Republic of Singapore (1999 Reprint), Article 24(1).
  2. ^ Singapore Constitution, Art. 31(1).