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Thursday, August 12, 2004

IHT: Lee, the son, sworn in as Singapore's leader

IHT: Lee, the son, sworn in as Singapore's leader: "Lee, the son, sworn in as Singapore's leader
Jane Perlez NYT
Thursday, August 12, 2004

SINGAPORE Lee Hsien Loong, the elder son of the founder of modern Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew, was sworn in as Prime Minister Thursday night at an outdoor ceremony attended by 1,400 people drawn from the ruling ?ite to the man on the street.

In a speech designed for domestic consumption, Lee, 52, the third prime minister since the city-state's post-colonial era, reassured his audience that Singapore would continue to succeed.

Re-engineering the economy, which is facing competition from India and China, to sustain the growth the country has come to expect will be his greatest challenge, analysts said.

Lee, who has served as deputy prime minister since 1990, was named last year as the successor to the outgoing Prime Minister, Goh Chok Tong."

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