Veteran Opposition Leader ReturnsMay 2008 | Risk Summary
Singapore's veteran opposition leader, J.B. Jeyaretnam, 82, has launched the new Reform Party with a view to contesting the next general election in 2011. Jeyaretnam first won a seat in 1981, but lost in 1986 and was thereafter legally barred from running in all subsequent elections except in 1997. His new party aims to reform the political system, but is unlikely to pose a challenge to the government, given that the ruling People's Action Party (PAP) totally dominates politics, having won 82 out of parliament's 84 seats in the 2006 election.
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