The ruling People’s Action Party (PAP), the country’s so-called fourth-generation party, has chosen Ong as its leader, according to an announcement on Thursday.
The announcement paved the way for Wong to become the next prime minister, Reuters reported.
“The plan is to have Lawrence (Wong) as my prime minister before or after the election (if PAP wins). The election is scheduled to take place in 2025, and there will be fierce competition, “Lee said in a post on social media on Saturday.
Lee Hsien Loong, son of Lee Kuan Yew, the island’s independence leader, has been Singapore’s prime minister since 2004.
Analysts have long speculated that Ong, 49, a potential successor to the 70-year-old Lee, who co-chaired a government task force to combat the Kovid-19 epidemic in the Southeast Asian city.
The change of leadership in the country, which has been under PAP rule since independence in 1975, is usually planned and cautious.
Until last year, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Soi-kyat was considered Lee’s successor. But when Kyat resigns unexpectedly, the process of change of leadership takes a turn for the worse.
“I’m 70 now, and I’m looking forward to seeing Lawrence (Ong) ready when it’s ready,” Lee told a news conference.
He also said that who will lead the party in the next election will be decided after discussion.