Denmark Election: Social Democrats win as PM Admits Defeat
Denmark’s Liberal Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen has accepted victory in the country’s general election, paving the way for Social Democrat leader Mette Frederiksen to take power.
“We consumed a really decent election, but there will be a change of government,” the prime minister told supporters.
The Social Democrats won 91 out of the 179 seats in parliament.
At 41 years, Ms. Frederiksen is fixed to be the country’s youngest ever prime minister.
The general election was dominated by debates over weather change, welfare cuts and immigration.
Mr. Rasmussen’s Liberal Party has been in power for 14 years out of the last 18 years.
The exit polls recommended that support for the far-right Danish People’s Party (DF) had more than halved since the last election in 2015.
Denmark is to become the third Nordic country in a year to elect a leftist government, following Sweden and Finland.
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Who are the Major parties?
Denmark’s main party is traditionally organized into the left-wing “red bloc” and right-wing “blue bloc”.
The five-party red bloc is headed by the Centre-left Social Democrats, who have spent the past four years in opposition.
The blue bloc is splintered into eight parties, of which three are newcomers.
The pro-EU Liberal Party (Venstre) has lined Denmark since 2015, forming a coalition with the Conservative People’s Party and the Liberal Alliance.
What were the key issues?
Welfare: Many voters are worried on the destiny of the country’s cherished welfare model, which has tackled years of cuts amid fights by successive governments to deal with aged populations. Danes pay some part of the maximum taxes in the world to support a generous cradle-to-grave welfare state.
The environment: Some 57% of Danes wanted the next government given to priorities climate change, according to a Gallup poll free in February. For younger voters who aged between 18 and 35, and the figure was 69%.
Immigration: Major parties on the right and left accepted anti-immigration policies. The Liberal Party and the Social Democrats are said that doing so would help to protect the welfare system.