Social Democrats form government in Denmark

Social Democrat Mette Frederiksen became Denmark's youngest ever prime minister Wednesday after finalizing the support of three other leftist parties to form government. Frederiksen, 41, will lead a one-party minority government backed by the Socialist People’s Party, the Red-Green Alliance and the Social-Liberal Party. A left-wing opposition bloc won a majority at Denmark's June 5 election, ending the rule of former conservative Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen, but it took three weeks for Frederiksen to secure majority support for her new government. In her bid for the prime ministership, Frederiksen mediated disagreement among the leftists on issues such as immigration and welfare. She rose to prominence with a pro-welfare, anti-immigration stance. But the new governing bloc will soften slightly on immigration, including allowing more foreign labour and reversing government plans to hold foreign criminals off-shore. Binding emissions targets were also part of the new government agreement.

- Politico -



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