Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen is sticking to her job after losing a majority in an election triggered following a scandal over her decision to cull the country’s mink population.
Frederiksen’s Social Democrats will remain the country’s largest party after Tuesday’s election, according to exit polls, but her political survival will depend on a new centrist group.
An initial survey by public broadcaster DR suggested that the Social Democrats secured 23.1 percent of the vote, which would take them 42 out of 179 parliamentary seats. This gave them 13.5% of the vote, or 24 seats, ahead of Jakob Elleman-Jensen’s Liberal Party.
But the results are bittersweet even for Frederiksen. If confirmed by official tallies, her winning 42 seats would be her party’s worst election result in more than 100 years.
In a political climate divided into 14 parties, both the left-leaning ‘red bloc’, which secured 85 seats, and the rival right-wing ‘blue bloc’ of 73 seats fell short of the 90 seats needed for a majority. 179-seat parliament. The remaining seats were occupied by non-aligned parties.
The election was sparked by a scandal over government-mandated disposal of minks during the coronavirus pandemic. A turbulent and chaotic campaign ensued.
If the exit poll results are confirmed, Frederiksen will need the support of former Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen and his newly formed moderates, winning 9.3% of the vote, or 17 seats. Earned.
Rasmussen has not said he supports either bloc.
He used that position during his campaign to call for a broad coalition of more moderate parties from both the red and blue blocs. This was a move that could disrupt the post-war political order of the country.
But Rasmussen, who was prime minister from 2009 to 2011 and prime minister of the Danish Liberal Party from 2015 to 2019, said he would not consider becoming prime minister for a third time. No,” he said Tuesday morning after voting.
Magnus Heunicke, now Health Minister and a Social Democrat, told journalists that voters had to make some of the decisions they had to make “at a time when it was really necessary for someone to take the lead”. He said he could have punished the party.
“I think we’ve done it and we can be proud of it. But it may have come at a cost because some people might disagree with some of the decisions we made.” I can’t,” he added.
Heunicke reiterated the party’s desire to form a broad centrist government. Let’s sit down together and see if we can establish a centrist government. “
Meanwhile, the Danish People’s Party, which was the country’s second-largest party from 2015 to 2019 and the face of far-right politics, has lost significant support to 2.5% of the vote, or 4.5%, according to exit polls. It is projected to only get seats, just above the 2% threshold in parliament.
Domestic issues dominated the campaign, from the need for tax cuts and more nurses to helping Danes financially amid inflation and rising energy prices due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Immigration, once a vital topic, has fallen off the agenda. One reason is that the Social Democrats have pledged to remain tough on immigration, depriving right-wing parties of a possible rallying point.
Frederiksen’s party remains the largest party in Congress, but has lost popularity in recent months after a number of scandals rocked her reputation, dropping from 48 seats to 42 if exit polls confirm. These fall include a 2020 mandate to destroy all farmed mink in the country over concerns they could spread a variant of the coronavirus, a policy that crippled Europe’s largest fur exporter. It contains.
A parliamentary-appointed commission said in June that the government lacked legal justification for the disposition and had made “grossly misleading” statements when ordering the closure of the sector. Left-wing parties that back the government withdrew their support following the report, forcing Frederiksen to hold early elections on Tuesday.
But her rivals on the centre-right are also losing momentum, with Conservative Party leader Soren Pape Poulsen accused of lying to her ex-husband and the Liberal Party suffering internal divisions.
Negotiations to form a new government could take weeks, and a suitable bloc could match or attempt to outperform all proposals made to Rasmussen’s moderates to regain power. Highly sexual
This article has been updated with exit poll results and campaign details.