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The prime minister is the leader of the political party or coalition of parties having the majority of seats in parliament. The president, who is chief of state, previously exercised only ceremonial duties. As a result of 1991 constitutional changes, the president is now elected and exercises expanded powers over legislative appointments, government budgetary affairs, and internal security matters.

The unicameral parliament consists of 83 members elected on the basis of universal adult suffrage. In the last general election, in January 1997, the governing People's Action Party (PAP) won 81 of the 83 seats.
CURRENT GOVERNMENT
President Nathan, Sellapan Rama (S. R.)
Prime Minister Goh, Chok Tong
Dep. Prime Min. Lee, Hsien Loong, Brig. Gen. (Res.)
Dep. Prime Min. Tan, Tony Keng Yam
Senior Minister Lee, Kuan Yew
Min. of Community Development & Sports Abdullah, Tarmugi
Min. of Defense Tan, Tony Keng Yam
Min. of Education Teo, Chee Hean, RAdm. (Res.)
Min. of the Environment Lim, Swee Say
Min. of Finance Lee, Hsien Loong, Brig. Gen. (Res.)
Min. of Foreign Affairs Jayakumar, Shunmugam
Min. of Health Lim, Hng Kiang, Lt. Col. (Res.)
Min. of Home Affairs Wong, Kan Seng
Min. of Information, Communications, & the Arts (Acting) Lim, David Tik En
Min. of Law Jayakumar, Shunmugam
Min. of Manpower Lee, Boon Yang
Min. of Law Jayakumar, Shunmugam
Min. of National Development Mah, Bow Tan
Min. of Trade & Industry Yeo, Yong Boon George, Brig. Gen. (Res.)
Min. of Transport Yeo, Cheow Tong
Min. Prime Minister's Office Lim, Boon Heng
Min. Prime Minister's Office Lee, Yock Suan
Min.-in-Charge of Muslim Affairs Abdullah, Tarmugi
Chmn., The Monetary Authority of Singapore Lee, Hsien Loong, Brig. Gen. (Res.)
Ambassador to the US Chan, Heng Chee
Permanent Representative to the UN, New York Mahbubani, Kishore