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    SINGAPORE CITY, SINGAPORE

    Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew lost his monopoly control of Parliament, following national elections on December 22.

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    1. GVs & SVs People voting (11 shots) 0.35
    2. GV People queueing outside voting hall 0.36
    3. SVs People walking into voting hall (3 shots) 0.47
    4. SVs People voting (3 shots) 0.59
    5. GV & SV Old woman and blind man being helped into hall (3 shots) 1.11
    6. SVs People voting (4 shots) 1.39
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    Background: SINGAPORE CITY, SINGAPORE

    Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew lost his monopoly control of Parliament, following national elections on December 22. In every previous general election since the island state broke away from Malaysia in 1965, Lee's People's Action Party (PAP) had won all 79 legislative seats. But the opposition Workers' Party (WP) and the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) won one seat each in the polls, denying Lee total control. The prime minister, who has ruled Singapore for 25 years, told a news conference he was surprised at the outcome. He had called the elections ahead of schedule to win a stronger public endorsement of his policies, which include controversial plans to raise the age at which enforced savings can be withdrawn from the central provident fund. The two opposition winners, Chiam See Tong of the SDP, and Joshua Jeyaretnam of the WP, said their gains would put Singapore firmly on the road to democracy. Lee's People's Action Party got 63 per cent of the one million votes cast, compared with 76 per cent in the 1980 general election.

    Source: RTM

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    Film ID:
    VLVA91W6N88R87511SH5A2AY4QC0T
    Media URN:
    VLVA91W6N88R87511SH5A2AY4QC0T
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/12/1984
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:29:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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