Denmark’s Rasmussen to form minority govt

After weekend negotiations, Lars Løkke Rasmussen has concluded that forming a majority government is "not possible" and will now look at the options for minority rule.

Denmark's Rasmussen to form minority govt
Lars Løkke Rasmussen will go back to the queen on Monday to seek a mandate to form a minority government. Photo: Søren Bidstrup/Scanpix
Lars Løkke Rasmussen of the centre-right Venstre party said Sunday he would form a minority government after a vote that brought the Danish right to power.
Denmark's Queen Margrethe II asked the prime minister-elect to “explore the possibility of forming a [majority] government with several parties,” Rasmussen told public broadcaster DR.
“I honestly tried to fulfil that task, but I realised it was not possible” after meetings with several party leaders, he said.
Rasmussen added that he would hold a second meeting with the monarch on Monday to obtain an official mandate to form a minority government.
During the election campaign, other smaller right-wing parties had already announced they would not necessarily join a coalition government with Venstre.
Rasmussen's announcement came amid speculation following Thursday's vote over whether the centre-right would form a coalition government with the anti-immigration Danish People's Party (DF).
While DF actually won more votes than Vestre, making it the second-biggest party in parliament after the Social Democrats, it has repeatedly said it would not join a coalition unless it could be sure to play an influential role.
The two most likely scenarios now, according to Berlingske, are that either Venstre will form a government alone, or it will ask DF to join in.
In exchange for joining a coalition, DF has demanded greater restrictions on immigration and raising public spending — which Venstre wants to bring down.

Member comments

Log in here to leave a comment.
Become a Member to leave a comment.