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|