“I want to use all of my strength, my capabilities and my experience to continue to lead Denmark. And I ask Danes to re-elect me in the legislative elections to be held on June 5th,” Rasmussen said in parliament. He was required to call legislative elections at the latest by June 17th when his four-year term ends.
The latest opinion polls credit the opposition left-wing bloc, headed by the Social Democrats, with 54 percent of voter support, compared to 46 percent for Rasmussen and his right-wing bloc.
The right-wing has struggled in the polls as Danes clamour for a change and, more importantly, amid an erosion of support for the far-right Danish People's Party. Its longstanding anti-immigration line has been broadly adopted by the opposition Social Democrats in recent years.
Observers suggest that if the Social Democrats were to emerge as the biggest party, they would likely form a minority government that would cooperate with the right-wing bloc on immigration issues and with the left on other questions.