Marianne Jelved of the Social Liberals is to take over the culture portfolio
following Uffe Elbæks resignation yesterday.
Elbæk decided to resign following several days of intense controversy and
criticism surrounding his role in connection with funds to a circus school
at which his partner works and where he was previously board chairman.
“This afternoon I have taken the difficult but correct decision and have
informed the prime minister that I would like to resign as Culture
Minister,” Elbaek said yesterday in the wake of a Parliamentary Culture
Committee meeting on Tuesday during which he was grilled on appropriations
to the Academy for Untamed Creativity (AFUK). A National Auditor
investigation is to look into the issue.
The choice of Marianne Jelved to take over from Elbæk brings one of
Parliament’s most experienced politicians back into government. Jelved is a
former leader of the Social Liberal Party, her party’s Group Chair and
member of the parliamentary Presidium. She was Economy Minister for eight
years under the coalition cabinet of former Social Democratic Prime Minister
Poul Nyrup Rasmussen.
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