Danish PM’s center-left bloc secures majority in election

Copenhagen, Nov 2 (EFE).- The center-left bloc of Danish prime minister Mette Frederisken has secured a majority in the country’s general elections thanks in part to voters in Greenland and the Faroe Islands.

Frederiksen’s Social Democrats boosted their haul of parliamentary seats by two, securing 50 of the 179 in the Folketing.

Greenland’s two parliamentary seats and one of the Faroe Islands’ two seats in the Copenhagen-based parliament went to parties in step with the incumbent PM.

In Greenland, where voting did not close until 11pm GMT on Tuesday due to the time difference, the social democrat Siumut and socialist Inuit Ataqatigiit parties maintained their mandates.

Frederiksen is nonetheless poised to present her resignation Wednesday in a bid to form a centrist government in the highly fragmented parliament.

The PM’s majority was on a knife edge as the nearly complete vote count suggested her party would end up one seat short, which would have spelled negotiations with the Moderates party, a new force in Danish politics created last year by the former liberal prime minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen. The Moderates secured 16 seats in the chamber.

The conservative Venstre party had its worst electoral outing in 34 years, securing 23 seats compared to the 43 it won in the 2019 election. EFE


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