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12th Parliament of Singapore
Speaker of Parliament  Michael Palmer 10 October 2011 — 12 December 2012 Charles Chong (acting) 12 December 2012 — 14 January 2013 Halimah Yacob 14 January 2013 — present
Prime Minister  Lee Hsien Loong 7 May 2011 — present
Leader of the Opposition  Low Thia Khiang 7 May 2011 — present

The 12th Parliament of Singapore was the previous Parliament of Singapore that began on October 10, 2011 and was dissolved on the August 25, 2015. The membership was set by the 2011 Singapore General Election on May 7, 2011 and changed three times due to expulsion of Hougang Single Member Constituency MP in 2012 and resignation of Punggol East Single Member Constituency MP and Speaker of Parliament over extra-marital affairs in 2013, as well as the Death of Lee Kuan Yew, former Prime Minister of Singapore and MP of Tanjong Pagar Group Representation Constituency.


The 12th Parliament was controlled by a People's Action Party majority, led by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and members of the cabinet, which assumed power on May 7, 2011. The Opposition was led by the Secretary General of the Worker's Party of Singapore, Mr Low Thia Khiang. The Speaker of the Parliament of Singapore was Halimah Yacob, of the People's Action Party. She was elected as the 9th Speaker of the House for the 12th Parliament on January 14, 2013.

Result of the Singapore General Election, 2011

The Workers' Party and the Singapore People's Party, being the best performing opposition parties were awarded 2 and 1 Non-Constituency Member of Parliament Seat respectively in accordance with the Constitution. The NCMP Seats are currently held by Gerald Giam Yean Song and Yee Jenn Jong of the Workers' Party and Lina Chiam of Singapore People's Party.


  • Michael Palmer (the People's Action Party MP for Punggol East SMC) was elected Speaker of the Parliament on October 10, 2011. He resigned on December 14, 2012, due to an extramarital affair.
  • Charles Chong of the People's Action Party, MP of Joo Chiat SMC was designated as Acting Speaker of the Parliament on December 14, 2012, by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. He was succeeded by Halimah Yacob on January 14, 2013.
  • Halimah Yacob of the People's Action Party, MP of Jurong GRC was elected Speaker of Parliament on January 14, 2013.
  • Charles Chong and Seah Kian Peng of the People's Action Party are elected Deputy Speaker of the parliament on 17 October 2011.
  • Leaders

  • Prime Minister of Singapore: Lee Hsien Loong (People's Action Party)
  • Leader of the Opposition: Low Thia Khiang (Worker's Party)
  • House Leaders

  • Leader of the House: Dr Ng Eng Hen
  • Deputy Leader of the House: Heng Chee How
  • Whips

  • Government Whip: Gan Kim Yong
  • Deputy Government Whip: Dr. Teo Ho Pin and Dr. Amy Khor
  • References

    12th Parliament of Singapore Wikipedia

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