George Yeo

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George Yeo

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George Yeo Yong-Boon (; born 13 September 1954) is a former politician from Singapore. A member of the governing People's Action Party (PAP), he served in the Cabinet from 1991 to 2011 as the Minister for Information and the Arts (1991–99), Minister for Health (1994–97), Minister for Trade and Industry (1999–2004) and Minister for Foreign Affairs (2004–11). However he lost his seat in Parliament at the 2011 general election when the PAP's team in the Aljunied Group Representation Constituency was defeated by the team from the Workers' Party, following which he announced that he was retiring from politics.

Prior to entering Parliament, Yeo was a Brigadier-General in the Republic of Singapore Air Force. He served as the Chief-of-Staff of the Air Staff from 1985 to 1986, and as the Director of Joint Operations and Planning at the Ministry of Defence from 1986 to 1988.

Early Life

Yeo received his primary school education at St. Stephen's School. He studied at St. Joseph's Institution and finished his O-Levels at the top of the class in 1970. As a President's Scholar and Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Scholar, he graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in engineering in 1976.

Military career

Upon returning from England, Yeo served as an officer in the SAF. He served as a Signals officer in the Army, before transferring to the Republic of Singapore Air Force, where he...
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