Denmark gets a new Cabinet and Government


Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen has named a new coalition Cabinet, bringing in two new coalition partners.

In the general election in June last year the prime minister’s Liberal Party of Denmark (Venstre) came third with 34 of the 179 seats in the Folketing or Parliament. Although the previously ruling centre-left Social Democrats (SD) had the most seats after the general election they were unable to form a coalition and the same was true of the far-right Danish People’s Party (DPP) who came second. So Venstre went on to form a minority government which has proven more difficult to keep together as time has passed, hence the formation of the new coalition.

The new coalition now consists of the ruling centre-right Venstre (V) with 34 seats, the centre-right Liberal Alliance (LA) with 13 seats and the centre-right Conservative People’s Party (DKF) with six seats. The latest move has pushed back, for the moment the chances of a snap general election, although the coalition still holds just 53 of the 179 parliamentary seats.

The Liberal Alliance has six ministerial posts, the Conservatives have three posts and Venstre has the remaining 13 seats in the 22 member Cabinet. Five ministers, including the prime minister, have retained their portfolios from the previous Cabinet.

The full list of the new Cabinet as published on the prime minister’s office website is as follows:

Lars Løkke Rasmussen Prime Minister
Anders Samuelsen Minister of Foreign Affairs
Søren Pape Poulsen Minister of Justice
Kristian Jensen Minister of Finance
Claus Hjort Frederiksen Minister of Defence
Brian Mikkelsen Minister of Business Affairs
Simon Emil Ammitzbøll Minister of Economy and Internal Affairs
Ulla Tørnæs Minister for Development Cooperation
Troels Lund Poulsen Minister of Employment
Inger Støjberg Minister of Immigration and Integration
Karen Ellemann Minister for Equality and Nordic Co-operation
Søren Pind Minister of Education and Research
Lars Christian Lilleholt Minister of Energy, Supply and Climate
Ellen Trane Nørby Minister of Health
Sophie Løhde Minister for Public Innovation
Karsten Lauritzen Minister of Taxation
Esben Lunde Larsen Minister of Environment and Food
Mai Mercado Minister of Children and Social Affairs
Merete Riisager Minister of Education
Mette Bock Minister of Culture and Church Affairs
Ole Birk Olesen Minister of Transport, Construction and Housing
Thyra Frank Minister for the Elderly

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