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PAP, parliament, president, country

Although Singapore is nominally a multiparty nation, the People’s Action Party (PAP) has been the dominant political party since the country became independent. In the 1997 general election opposition parties contested 36 of the 83 seats in parliament. PAP won 34 of the contested seats, bringing its total members in parliament to 81. One Workers’ Party candidate and one Singapore Progressive Party candidate each secured a seat. Because opposition parties were elected to only two seats, the president nominated a second Workers’ Party candidate to create increased opposition representation in parliament.



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