Danish Prime Minister Frederiksen presents new government
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen on Thursday presented a three-party majority coalition that crosses the left-right…
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen on Thursday presented a three-party majority coalition that crosses the left-right divide and includes the leader of the Liberal Party and a former prime minister in key jobs.
It was the first time in 44 years that such a centrist government had been formed, bringing an end to the two blocs that have opposed each other for decades.
Liberal leader Jakob Ellemann-Jensen became defense minister while former prime minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen — who once headed the Liberals but left it to create the centrist Moderate party that wanted to bridge the center gap — was put in charge of foreign affairs.
The government will have 23 ministries, of which Frederiksen’s Social Democrats get 11 offices while the Liberals get seven and the Moderates five. There are eight women and 15 men.
The new governing coalition was announced late Tuesday after 42 days of talks following the Nov. 1 general elections. The three parties control 89 seats in the 179-seat parliament and are also supported by the four lawmakers representing the semi-independent Danish territories of Greenland and the Faeroe Islands.
The last time Denmark was governed by a centrist coalition was in 1978 when the Social Democrats teamed up with the Liberals. That lasted eight months.
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