Singapore speaker quits over affair

Last Updated: Wed, Dec 12, 2012 11:15 hrs

Singapore: The speaker of Singapore's parliament has resigned after he confessed to having an extramarital affair with a government employee.

The resignation announced on Wednesday is the latest scandal to both titillate and shock a country known for its strait -laced image.

Michael Palmer, the speaker and a member of Singapore's ruling People's Action Party, said his conduct was "improper" and a "serious error of judgment."

The 44-year-old married father, who was sworn in October 2011, also quit his parliament seat and gave up his membership to the People's Action Party.

The woman Palmer had an affair with was employed by a government statutory board and worked in Palmer's constituency.

A new election will be held to fill Palmer's vacant seat in parliament.

Palmer's resignation is the latest high-level scandal to hit Singapore, which consistently ranks high in international surveys on government efficiency and cleanliness. 

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