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South China Morning Post

Will Lee Hsien Loong call for an early election? Watch the Singapore Budget to find out

SINGAPORE’S LEADER Lee Hsien Loong knows there’s little he or his tiny island state can do to determine the outcome of the ongoing US-China trade tussle.

Still, as the prime minister does his final sums on whether to call general elections in 2019 – a year before his government’s mandate ends – the trajectory of the tariff battle is likely to weigh the heaviest on his decision, observers say.

David Black, owner of the Singapore-based Blackbox Research polling firm, said he believed if “elections were held today … [the PAP] would feel comfortable about achieving a fairly solid result." For more on this story, click here.