Lee Hsien Loong Is The Longest Serving First World Leader

On August 12, 2004, PM Lee succeeded Goh Chok Tong as Prime Minister and relinquished his chairmanship of the Monetary Authority of Singapore to Goh Chok Tong.

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As of Jan 2019, he has been in power for 14 years and 142 days, edging out Goh Chok Tong who held that office for just under 14 years. This makes PM Lee the current longest-serving leader of a first world country. In that time PM Lee has seen 3 Singapore Presidents, 3 US Presidents, 4 British Prime Ministers, 3 Malaysian Prime Ministers, and 2 Chinese Presidents.

PM Lee’s length in office is abnormal for a first world leader, but below average when compared with leaders of third world countries. Paul Biya of Cameroon has been in power since 1975 making him the current longest-serving world leader.

Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany who assumed office on November 22, 2005, comes in at second place at 13 years and 40 days.

A child who was born when PM Lee assumed office would be in Upper Secondary today.

In 2004, social media giants like Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, and Instagram did not exist and search engines like Google were still in its infancy. Today, social media is omnipresent and permeates every aspect of daily life and has significantly influenced political discourse in Singapore.

In 2004, Singapore’s population was 4.167 million, today it is well over 5.7 million.

Since PM Lee took office, Singapore’s GDP has nearly tripled from US$114 billion to US$323 billion.

Singapore’s total fertility rate has fallen from 1.26 in 2004 to 1.16 in 2017.

In 2004, Singapore’s MRT network consisted of 3 MRT lines with a total length of 109.4 km. Today, Singapore has 5 MRT lines with a total length of 199.6 km.

Since, 2004, cost of living has risen dramatically making Singapore one of the most expensive cities to live in.

To date, income inequality in Singapore remains high and Singapore ranks as the 2nd most unequal first world country (after Hong Kong).

In all of PM Lee’s 14 years in office, he has held the title of highest paid world leader.

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