Denmark’s prime minister has called general elections for 15th September amid increasing pressure from the opposition.
Despite the country becoming progressively more nervous and frustrated about the economic situation, both in Denmark and Europe, Lars Lokke Rasmussen confirmed that his government would not be resigning before the national vote.
“I have advised the Queen that elections will be held on September 15th,” Rasmussen said in a televised speech. “In the midst of a global debt crisis, the Danes have a clear choice between uncontrolled debt or lasting welfare. The government has plotted a safe and responsible course for Denmark which must not be endangered. The Liberals and Conservatives go into the election with a wish for broad co-operation across the centre of Danish politics. That is vital for Denmark. It is vital for every family,” he added.
Opposition parties, which have been pushing for the move for some time, say they are pleased that an election has finally been called. “This is good news. Denmark has almost ground to a halt. We need fresh eyes for Denmark. We need change,” said Socialist People’s Party Leader Villy Sovndal in a Politiken report.
Referring to the wavering partnership between the government and the usually-loyal Danish People’s Party (DF), Social Democratic Deputy Chairman Morten Bodskov pointed out that the election has been called at a critical time, as the ruling party experiences a lack of support for its property package.”It had to come. What is surprising is that the government goes to the election without its parliamentary basis. It shows a government in disarray,” Bodskov said.
Social Democratic leader Helle Thorning- Schmidt also agreed that it is time for the government to go. “After 10 years with Lars Lokke and Pia Kjaersgaard [DF’s leader], Denmark has ground to a halt. I am looking forward, and all Social Democrats are looking forward, to making a difference for Denmark,” she said.