Denmark’s centre-left prime minister secures slender majority

Denmark’s Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen has won the smallest number of votes in the country’s parliamentary elections but will struggle to form a viable government.

Frederiksen’s leftwing bloc won 28% of the vote and exactly the 90 seats needed for a majority, thanks to three mandates from Greenland and the Faroe Islands, after a nail-biting election on Tuesday night.

On Wednesday morning, Frederiksen reiterated his campaign promise to try to create a coalition between left and right parties and said his current government would resign.

“The Social Democrats went to the polls to form a broad government. If many others point to me [as prime minister] I will see if it can be done. Because that’s a good thing for Denmark,” Frederiksen said after the Social Democrats achieved their best election result in two decades.

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The result is a major victory for Frederiksen, who was forced to call an early election after his government lost 17 million mink last year.

Frederiksen, who is often considered the most powerful president in Danish history, emphasized his strong response to the Covid-19 pandemic during the campaign and declared that the Scandinavian country needs two good hands to lead it from the problems of life and the problems of life. more conflict with Russia and the Baltic Sea.

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Until now, Danish politics has remained divided between the left and the right turning to the government.

But Frederiksen and his predecessor Lars Løkke Rasmussen have said they would like to see the central government intervene in the main parties from the left and the right to reduce the influence of smaller parties, especially the more extreme ones.

Rasmussen’s Moderates Party, founded just six months ago, became the third largest party in parliament, with 16 seats, and said it could support a left-wing or right-wing government.

Former Social Democrat prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt told the Financial Times: “It could be a new way of doing things. We haven’t had a lot of talk about this middle ground and finding a middle ground. This is a very interesting evening in Danish politics. ”

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Rasmussen said on Wednesday that Frederiksen should be given the first chance to form a government. Jakob Engel-Schmidt, the political leader of the Moderates, told the FT that his party wants a government that is composed of both left and right.

“With the security situation in Europe, the energy crisis, the inflation problem, we believe that politicians should come together and make some changes that take care of the welfare situation for the future,” he added.

Lars Løkke Rasmussen goes to the polling station

Lars Løkke Rasmussen, former president, said he would prefer a government composed of right and left parties © Martin Sylvest/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP/Getty Images

But Frederiksen will face a tough negotiating task. Most of the minority groups on the left want him to form a pure leftist government instead of including Moderates or centre-right parties.

No fewer than 14 groups have sought entry into parliament and 12 have won seats – with another four likely from the Faroe Islands and Greenland – leading to one of the most politically divided regions in Europe.

Frederiksen pushed his Social Democrats sharply to the right on issues such as immigration before the last election, which caused the Danish populist party’s support to fall.

The second most popular party in 2015, when one in five Danes supported them, the Danish People’s Party interviewed more than 2 percent who wanted to enter parliament on Tuesday, the worst result.

The far-right, the Liberals, Rasmussen’s former party, also had their worst result in 34 years, gaining about 13 percent.


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