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THE next general election, which must be held by January 2017, will be a deadly serious fight, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong told members of his People's Action Party (PAP) on Sunday morning.
"It will be about who forms the government, not how many seats the opposition gets," Mr Lee, who is the ruling party's secretary-general, said at a party conference and rally.
He said the PAP has already identified many promising candidates, including a few potential office holders.
Mr Lee also said his successor as prime minister is most likely to be among "a renewed, strengthened and more seasoned" team of Members of Parliament and ministers after the next general election.
This morning's conference also saw Mr Lee re-elected into the PAP central executive committee, the party's highest decision-making body. Others elected or co-opted into the new CEC are Khaw Boon Wan, Yaacob Ibrahim, Teo Chee Hean, Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Lim Swee Say, Chan Chun Sing, K Shanmugan, Grace Fu, Gan Kim Yong, Heng Swee Keat, Tan Chuan-Jin, Halimah Yacob and Ng Eng Hen.