Denmark’s centre-left alliance won a narrow victory in a narrow vote Election news
Denmark’s center-left alliance, led by Social Democrat incumbent Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, won a one-seat majority. during the general election.
Frederiksen’s five-party “red” coalition looked set to lose its majority as the vote continued on Tuesday night, but when the final votes were counted, he pulled out the 87 seats he needed in mainland Denmark.
Together with three more seats from the autonomous overseas territories of the Faroe Islands and Greenland, the alliance holds 90 of the 179 seats in parliament.
Polls predicted a historically weak election for the Social Democrats, but they instead won two seats compared to last election, with 27.5 percent of the vote.
“Social democracy had its best election in 20 years,” Frederiksen said in a speech to campaign supporters early Wednesday.
“We are a party for all of Denmark,” added the 44-year-old.
The right-wing Blue Alliance, an informal liberal-conservative alliance backed by three populist parties, won 72 seats in mainland Denmark and one seat in the Faroe Islands.
Almost 4.3 million Danes were eligible to vote. they included nearly 200,000 first-time voters.
The photo finish victory dashed the hopes of the fledgling centrist party, the Moderates, to play the role of kingmaker. an outcome that seemed likely until Frederiksen secured a majority.
The party was founded just months ago by Lars Lokke Rasmussen, a former two-time prime minister who looks set to return to the center of Danish politics after a campaign in which both the left and the right vied for him.
With barely 2 percent of voter support two months ago, the moderates won more than 9 percent of the vote, and Lokke Rasmussen insisted he wanted to be a “bridge” between the left and the right.
“It’s not red or blue, it’s about common sense,” he told cheering supporters on Tuesday night, announcing that a new government was in order.
On the campaign trail, Frederiksen floated the idea of a left-right coalition government he would lead and said he was willing to discuss health care reform, a key campaign issue for Lokke Rasmussen.
With the left majority secured, Frederiksen reiterated on Wednesday that he hopes to form a broad government.
“When the Social Democrats say something, that’s what we follow,” he said.
Frederiksen added that the current government will officially resign on Wednesday to begin the process of forming a new administration.
“Both Frederiksen and Lokke Rasmussen agree that a centrist coalition will ensure stability and end the large role that smaller parties have played for many years,” said Al Jazeera’s Hashem Ahelbara, reporting from the Danish capital. From Copenhagen.
“But it is too early to tell whether the prime minister is willing to make enough concessions to convince moderates to join his government.”
“The Minke Crisis”
Since coming to power in 2019, Frederiksen has embodied Denmark’s newly formed Social Democrats, adopting restrictive immigration policies to protect the welfare state.
While his government was largely hailed for its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, the election ended in a “crisis of the tusks”.
The case has engulfed Denmark after the government decided in November 2020 to cull the country’s approximately 15 million mink over fears of a mutated strain of the coronavirus.
The decision, however, turned out to be illegal, and the party backing Frederiksen’s minority government threatened to overturn it unless he held an election to restore voter confidence.
Climate concerns, inflation and health care dominated the campaign.
Since the late 1990s, when the anti-immigration far-right entered parliament, Denmark has advocated stricter migration policies.
In support of the “zero refugee” policy, the Social Democrat government is working on setting up a center for asylum seekers in Rwanda while their applications are processed.
Since most parties support restrictive policies, the problem is rare for discussion.
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