Danes give Social Democrats mandate to form government

Danes give Social Democrats mandate to form government
Danes give Social Democrats mandate to form government

COPENHAGEN, Nov 2 (Reuters) – Danes on Tuesday gave the Social Democratic Party a mandate to form a new government in a general election seen as a vote of confidence in the handling of the pandemic by Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen and her leadership to overcome a new crisis.

The Social Democrats won their strongest support in more than two decades, despite criticism of Frederiksen’s tenure for centralizing power around his office and his controversial decision to cull all mink during the pandemic.

“Thank you to all Danes who trusted us with your vote, it’s a huge vote of confidence. I know some of you had doubts along the way,” Frederiksen said early Wednesday.

In a biting election, two different projections of the vote tally by the country’s biggest broadcasters brought into question until the last moment whether the ruling left-wing bloc could retain its majority.

The Social Democrats again became the first in parliament with 27.5% of the vote.

The left-wing bloc won 87 seats in the 179-seat parliament, which would give it a majority with the backing of a Faroe Islands mandate and two seats to be determined in Greenland, a sovereign territory of Denmark that often elects the left. -wing candidates.

A majority for left-wing parties is likely to present a dilemma for Frederiksen, who has advocated a broad coalition across the traditional left-right divide, arguing that political unity is needed at a time of international uncertainty.

Forming a broad coalition could prove difficult, however, as most of his leftist allies say they would prefer a purely leftist government.

Frederiksen led the country through one of the most chaotic tenures for a Danish government in decades, dealing with a pandemic, runaway inflation and geopolitical uncertainty.

The election comes just a month after the sabotage of two pipelines carrying gas from Russia to Germany through Danish waters fueled unprecedented feelings of insecurity among Danes.

“In Denmark we have been accustomed to progress for many years. Now we are facing difficulties, and with war in Europe, energy shortage, inflation and climate challenges, the crises are compounding,” Frederiksen said.

She said she would present the resignation of her one-party government to the Queen on Wednesday and seek to form a broad government.

She could start negotiations with former prime minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen and his new, non-aligned centrist party, the Moderates, which has also campaigned for a coalition of mainstream parties.

Among the left-wing parties Frederiksen can rely on to form a new government are the Socialist People’s Party, the Red-Green Alliance and the Social Liberal Party, the latter of which is led by EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager. .

Opposition Leader Jakob Ellemann-Jensen of the Liberal Party conceded defeat early Wednesday. His party lost 19 of its 43 seats in parliament.

Reporting by Nikolaj Skydsgaard, Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen and Stine Jacobsen; Editing by Leslie Adler and Stephen Coates

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