Heng Swee Keat Will Be Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister From 1 May

It should be quite clear by now that Finance Minister Mr Heng Swee Keat is set to succeed Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) announced today (23 Apr) that Mr Heng will be promoted to Deputy Prime Minister. After the promotion, he will continue to hold his position as Minister for Finance and also chair the Future Economy Council and National Research Foundation.

The promotion will take effect from 1 May 2019.


Being Deputy Prime Minister means Mr Heng will stand in for Mr Lee whenever the latter is absent.

Mr Teo and Mr Tharman stepping down

Stepping down as Deputy Prime Ministers will be Mr Teo Chee Hean and Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam. They will, however, remain in the Cabinet and continue their roles as Senior Ministers.

Mr Teo will act as Coordinating Minister for National Security, while Mr Shanmugaratnam will act as Coordinating Minister for Social Policies.

Apart from these changes, the rest of the Cabinet remains the same.

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