Lawrence Wong sworn in as Singapore’s New PM!

Ahmed Shurau

ingapore's Lawrence Wong was sworn in on Wednesday (May 15) as its fourth premier since independence, promising to lead the wealthy city state his own way after completing a carefully calibrated power transfer aimed at ensuring continuity.

Wong, 51, comes from among a crop of so-called "4G" leaders, a new generation of politicians that were hand-picked by the long-ruling People's Action Party (PAP) to take over the reins of the key Asian trade and financial centre.

He is the first Singaporean premier born after its independence in 1965, what he called a significant milestone that would see the handing of the baton to a new generation.

Wong will retain his position as finance minister and takes charge of a country led for two decades by Lee Hsien Loong, the 72-year-old son of Lee Kuan Yew, the founder of modern Singapore who stayed in politics until his death in 2015.