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The title "Senior Minister" was also a title used in Canada, before "Deputy Prime Minister" was introduced in 1977.


Senior Minister (Simplified Chinese: 国务资政, previously called 内阁资政 before Aug 12 2004) is a political office in the political system of Singaporemarker is taken by a prime minister or senior cabinet minister when he or she retires from that office, but still has something to offer the government based on his or her long experience. This, however, implies a reliance on a dominant-party system, and several opposition critics find this as evidence for contempt for the political opposition in Singapore.

The current Senior Ministers of Singapore are Goh Chok Tong, the second Prime Minister of Singapore and S Jayakumar, former Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore. This office has been held by Goh since August 12 2004, and was formerly held by Lee Kuan Yew, the first Prime Minister of Singapore, from November 28, 1990, through August 12, 2004. Upon the appointment of Goh Chok Tong as Senior Minister, a new ministerial role in the form of Minister Mentor was created and assigned to Lee Kuan Yew. On 26 March 2009, Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong announce that the Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore S Jayakumar will relinquish his post as the DPM and appointed Senior Minister in the Prime Minister Office.

List of Senior Ministers of Singapore

Senior Minister Start of Term End of Term
S. Rajaratnam 1985 1988
Lee Kuan Yew 28 November 1990 12 August 2004
Goh Chok Tong 12 August 2004 In office
S Jayakumar 1 April 2009 In office


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