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Lee Kuan Yew - Family background, Early life, Early political career – 1951 to 1959

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Singaporean statesman and prime minister (1959–90), born in Singapore City. He studied law at Cambridge and qualified as a barrister in London before returning to Singapore in 1951 to practise. He founded the moderate, anti-Communist People's Action Party in 1954, and entered the Singapore Legislative Assembly in 1955. He became the country's first prime minister in 1959, remained in power for 31 years, and oversaw a successful programme of economic development. He resigned as premier at the end of 1990, but remained in the government as senior minister in the premier's office.

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