Denmark

Possible election announcement within days


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Political analysts are saying that the Danish prime minister, Lars Løkke Rasmussen and leader of the Liberal Party of Denmark (Venstre) could call an election within days.

A recent opinion poll by Ramboll polling has shown the governing Blue bloc on 48.8%, up .7% and the opposition Red bloc on 51%, down .8%.

The Blue bloc consists of Rasmussen’s Liberal Party of Denmark (V), the Danish People’s Party (O), the Conservative People’s Party (C), the Liberal Alliance (Y) and the Christian Democrats (K).

The Red bloc consists of the Social Democrats (A), the Socialist People’s Party (SF), the Social Liberal Party (B) and the Red-Green Alliance (Ø).

The last election for the 179 seat Folketing was held on 13th November 2007 and must be held before 12th November 2011. It is unusual for Danish governments to go to the end of a term, but equally it would be unusual for an election to be called in the summer when most Danish people take their holidays.

The other complication is that the government is in talks with some parties of the Red bloc in an effort to get parliamentary support for their 2020 economic plan which includes a number of reforms the Red bloc support.

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