Singapore’s ex-finance tsar Tharman Shanmugaratnam has been shortlisted for the IMF’s top job. Photo: Bloomberg

Ex-Singapore finance chief Tharman Shanmugaratnam shortlisted for IMF top job, but will Europeans hand over the title?

  • The IMF succession race was triggered last week when Christine Lagarde was nominated to succeed Mario Draghi as European Central Bank chief
  • A stalwart in Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s cabinet, Tharman has held high ranking roles in the global body
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Singapore’s ex-finance tsar Tharman Shanmugaratnam has been shortlisted for the IMF’s top job. Photo: Bloomberg
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Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong with Malaysian counterpart Mahathir Mohamad. Photo: AFP

Is Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong about to call a snap election?

  • Lee Hsien Loong has until April 2021 to call the next vote
  • With headwinds from the US-China trade war hitting Singapore and economic clouds gathering, talk is in the air that now may be the best time
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Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong with Malaysian counterpart Mahathir Mohamad. Photo: AFP
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