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Workers Party's newly-elected Minister of Parliament Lee Li Lian (R), party leader Low Thia Kiang (L) and other members thank voters after winning Saturday's Punggol East by-election in Singapore, January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Edgar Su

Workers Party's newly-elected Minister of Parliament Lee Li Lian (R), party leader Low Thia Kiang (L) and other members thank voters after winning Saturday's Punggol East by-election in Singapore, January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Edgar Su

Workers Party's newly-elected Minister of Parliament Lee Li Lian (R), party leader Low Thia Kiang (L) and other members thank voters after winning Saturday's Punggol East by-election in Singapore, January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Edgar Su
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People's Action Party candidate Koh Poh Koon arrives at the poll counting center during the Punggol East by-election in Singapore January 26, 2013. REUTERS/Edgar Su

People's Action Party candidate Koh Poh Koon arrives at the poll counting center during the Punggol East by-election in Singapore January 26, 2013. REUTERS/Edgar Su

People's Action Party candidate Koh Poh Koon arrives at the poll counting center during the Punggol East by-election in Singapore January 26, 2013. REUTERS/Edgar Su
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Supporters of Workers Party candidate Lee Li Lian celebrate her victory in the Punggol East by-election as they drive past a coffee shop in Singapore January 26, 2013. REUTERS/Edgar Su

Supporters of Workers Party candidate Lee Li Lian celebrate her victory in the Punggol East by-election as they drive past a coffee shop in Singapore January 26, 2013. REUTERS/Edgar Su

Supporters of Workers Party candidate Lee Li Lian celebrate her victory in the Punggol East by-election as they drive past a coffee shop in Singapore January 26, 2013. REUTERS/Edgar Su
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Supporters of Workers Party candidate Lee Li Lian cheer as they wait for results of the Punggol East by-election, at a coffee shop in Singapore January 26, 2013. REUTERS/Edgar Su

Supporters of Workers Party candidate Lee Li Lian cheer as they wait for results of the Punggol East by-election, at a coffee shop in Singapore January 26, 2013. REUTERS/Edgar Su

Supporters of Workers Party candidate Lee Li Lian cheer as they wait for results of the Punggol East by-election, at a coffee shop in Singapore January 26, 2013. REUTERS/Edgar Su
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Workers Party's newly-elected Minister of Parliament Lee Li Lian (front), party leader Low Thia Kiang (C) and other members thank voters after winning Saturday's Punggol East by-election in Singapore, January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Edgar Su

Workers Party's newly-elected Minister of Parliament Lee Li Lian (front), party leader Low Thia Kiang (C) and other members thank voters after winning Saturday's Punggol East by-election in Singapore, January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Edgar Su

Workers Party's newly-elected Minister of Parliament Lee Li Lian (front), party leader Low Thia Kiang (C) and other members thank voters after winning Saturday's Punggol East by-election in Singapore, January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Edgar Su
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