Overview Singapore

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In the early general election of 2020, the ruling People’s Action Party was re-elected with 61.23% of the total votes, which represented a decline over the previous election in 2015 of more than 8%. At the same time, the opposition was able to gain 10 seats, the largest number of elected seats since the country’s independence in 1965.

The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated Singapore’s already difficult economic conditions. By 2020, the country had fallen into a serious recession, with an expected contraction of -6.5 to -6.0%, partly due to its dependence on trade and strategic sectors. Measures to soften the economic impact increased budget deficits.

In June 2019, the government enacted the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act, also referred to as the “fake news” law, which further limited the already curtailed freedom of speech. The COVID-19 pandemic has also been used to further tighten control over Singapore by utilizing electronic devices not only tracking infections but also being used in criminal investigations.

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