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Yearbook 2018

Singapore. In February, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced his intention to reform the government with a view to giving younger members more responsibility. According to Countryaah.com, the reason was that he planned to resign within the next few years. The prime minister stated that general elections would be held by 2021. At the same time, he said he was likely to be succeeded by someone from the government. Officially, Singapore is a democracy but has been ruled by the ruling party People's Action Party (PAP) since the 1950s.

2018 Singapore

In a massive hacker attack in July, one and a half million Singaporeans were stolen medical records, including Lee Hsien Loongs. According to the country's health and information ministry, it was specifically the prime minister and his medication that targeted the attacks.

During the year, Singapore chaired the ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations), which held an annual foreign ministerial meeting in August. At the meeting, to which the United States and China were also invited, the ASEAN countries and China agreed on a letter that would form the basis for future negotiations regarding a code of conduct in the South China Sea. The letter marked a turning point for discussions about the South China Sea, whose waters and islands China is increasingly demanding.

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