The Social Democratic Leader Helle Thorning-Schmidt has been appointed
Denmark’s first woman prime minister after informing Queen Margrethe that
she is able to form an administration after 16 days of negotiations in the
wake of Sept. 15 general elections.
The list of government ministers is not expected to be made public until
Monday, and the government platform will not be made officially public until
a news conference to be held at the Prime Minister’s Office on Monday. Social
Liberal Leader Margrethe Vestager who is slated to be Minister for Economic Affairs. Archive.
The three parties of the new centre-left government – the Social Democrats,
Social Liberals and the Socialist People’s Party - have 77 seats in
Parliament, but with the support of the left-wing Red Green Party have a
total of 89 seats. The former centre-right Liberal-Conservative government
and its supporters have a total of 86 seats in Parliament.Socialist
People's Party Leader Villy Søvndal who is slated to be foreign minister. Archive.
A majority in the 179-seat Folketing is 90 seats, with the final four seats
reserved for two seats each for Greenland and the Faroe Islands. Three of
these seats are centre-left seats, while one is centre right, assuring the
Helle Thorning-Schmidt administration a majority.
The presentation of the government platform and ministers on Monday comes in
time for Thorning-Schmidt to hold the prime minister’s speech at the opening
of Parliament on Tuesday, as required by the Constitution.
There has been an almost hermetic news blackout on the new government’s
platform since post-election negotiations began. Some indications have
reached the media in the past few days, however, suggesting that the reform
of the early retirement system will remain in place, the 24-year-rule for
foreign spouses will remain in place but within a relaxed immigration policy
and a climate policy is to be introduced calling for record reduction in CO2
In all, the new government is expected to have around 23 ministers – 11 of
which will have a Social Democratic minister, 6 Social Liberal ministers and
6 Socialist People’s Party ministers.
The leader of the Socialist People’s Party Villy Søvndal is expected to become
Foreign Minister in a revamped Foreign Ministry which is said to also
include three other ministers – a Europe Minister, A Development Minister
and a Foreign Trade Minister.
The leader of the Social Liberal Party Margrethe Vestager is expected to
become Minister for Economic Affairs.
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