PAP made the announcement Friday (November 23), which also pointed the city-state’s current Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong the secretary-general, and Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing the second assistant secretary-general of the ruling party. Analysts say Heng would probably succeed Lee as the secretary-general of the party and the prime minister of the country in the future. The 18-member Central Executive Committee (CEC) of PAP also picked Health Minister Gan Kim Yong and Environment and Water Resources Minister Masagos Zulkifli as party chairman and vice chairman respectively. The CEC was re-elected on November 11, during which five former members decided to retreat to make way for new blood. Following the announcement, Lee and several high-level officials voiced their support for Heng. Lee said the election of the new CEC is “a major step forward in our political renewal.” The younger ministers and political office holders have been meeting in recent months to discuss who should lead them, Lee wrote in a Facebook post on PAP’s page. “I support the decision of the younger team, and am happy with this outcome,” he said.