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 Singapore 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.
- The title "Senior Minister" was also a title used in
Canada, before "Deputy
Prime Minister" was introduced in 1977.
This, however, implies a
reliance on a dominant-party
, 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
, former Deputy Prime Minister of
. This office has been held by Goh since August 12 2004
, and was
formerly held by Lee Kuan Yew
first Prime Minister of
, from November 28
, through August
. 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
relinquish his post as the DPM and appointed Senior Minister in the
Prime Minister Office.
List of Senior Ministers of Singapore