Democratic Progressive Party will no longer compete in GE2020 to avoid 3-cornered fights

They had been trying to establish a coalition of opposition parties.

Matthias Ang | June 27, 2020, 02:37 PM

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) will no longer compete in the 2020 General Election in order to avoid three-cornered fights, the party's secretary-general, Halim Aliyas, announced in a press statement on June 27, according to TODAY.

Previously expressed interest in three constituencies

The party had previously expressed its interest in Marymount SMC, Kebun Bahru SMC, and Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC, according to CNA.

Other parties that are also looking at contesting these constituencies are Singapore Progress party (SPP) in Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC and the Progress Singapore Party (PSP) in Marymount SMC and Kebun Bahru SMC.

Had been trying to set up a coalition

The caveat was that at the time of the interview, DPP was in the midst of trying to set up a coalition when the interview was given.

The other parties involved in these talks were Singaporeans First Party (SingFirst), People's Power Party (PPP) and the Reform Party (RP).

The plan to join SDA fell through however.

The four parties then stated that they were linking up informally instead, so as to avoid three-corner fights among themselves.

Subsequently, SingFirst dissolved on June 25.

Halim further stated that the DPP will continue to support the informal alliance between RP and PPP, in the hopes that they can come together.

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