From NCMPs to Leader of the Opposition – how Parliament has evolved

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Nominated Members of Parliament at their swearing-in ceremony on July 20, 2009. Each NMP serves a term of 2 ½ years and may be reappointed.

As the anti-colonial independence movement gathered steam in the 1950s, the British set up a commission in 1953 to recommend changes to Singapore’s constitutional system.

A key outcome of this was the formation of the Legislative Assembly – the predecessor to the Parliament of Singapore – in 1955.

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