For decades, the People's Action Party (PAP) has dominated Singaporean politics, winning every single election since the island nation's independence in 1965. But with the party's popularity dented over issues such as immigration, public transport, the rising cost of living, and a slowing economy, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (article picture) recently cleared the way for a snap election - scheduled for Friday, September 11 - in a bid to, as he put it, win a "fresh and strong mandate." But PM Lee, who has been in power for 11 years, had until January 2017 to hold parliamentary elections, thus raising the question as to why now call them now. Analysts argue that the main reason for the early vote is linked to recent events in the city-state. The election not only comes after the country's celebration last month of its 50th independence anniversary (SG50), but also follows the death of PAP founder and Singapore's first prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew (LKY), in March. The patriotism card … [Read more...] about What issues will decide Singapore’s general election?