The New Man

It was a solemn moment, the formal swearing in of Singapore's third Prime Minister in 39 years of independence. Some 1,400 guests—the cream of the city-state's élite, as well as hawkers and taxi drivers—gathered last week on the lawns of the stately colonial mansion that houses the offices of Singapore's President and Prime Minister. But despite his reputation for formality, the man taking over as Singapore's new premier, 52-year-old Lee Hsien Loong, repeatedly flashed a broad smile as he strode to the dais to take the oath of office. And that surprising grin kept popping up throughout the swearing...

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