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Helle Thorning-Schmidt to be Danish PM

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Denmark's centre-left has won the country's general election, ending nearly a decade in opposition. With all votes counted, the bloc led by Social Democrat leader Helle Thorning-Schmidt had won a narrow majority in parliament.

She is set to become Denmark's first woman prime minister. Incumbent Lars Lokke Rasmussen has admitted defeat.

Ms. Thorning-Schmidt had campaigned on a platform of tax rises and increased public spending.

She also promised to roll back tough immigration laws proposed by a junior partner of the current coalition.

The centre-left bloc won 89 seats in Denmark's 179-seat parliament against 86 for the centre-right. Turnout was high at 87.7%.
"We did it... today we've written history," Ms. Thorning-Schmidt told jubilant supporters.

Mr. Rasmussen said he had called Ms. Thorning-Schmidt to congratulate her, but added, "Tonight I hand over the keys to the prime minister's office to Helle Thorning-Schmidt. And dear Helle, take good care of them. You're only borrowing them."

The "Blue Bloc" led by Mr. Rasmussen has held power in Denmark for a decade.

The country has seen its worst economic downturn since World War II. Although Denmark is a member of the EU, it has chosen not to adopt the euro. (BBC)


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  • Rosh Friday, 16 September 2011 07:22 AM

    Oh a lady head of state. That will be the end of Denmark too. Once we too had one and we are still paying dearly for her mistakes !!!

    TMA Friday, 16 September 2011 07:56 AM

    Not just a lady. This is a hot lady

    sparks Friday, 16 September 2011 08:15 AM

    Do not equate the poor ethics, honesty, principles of our leaders to the brilliant calibre of those available in other countries.

    sltk2004k Friday, 16 September 2011 08:31 AM

    Are you saying that the males have done well?

    ampare son Friday, 16 September 2011 09:22 AM

    Sri lanka opposition dont know what a do. they sleepy.

    Calistus Jayatilleke Friday, 16 September 2011 09:48 AM

    Not only one: we were unfortuate to have two women as Heads of State: one a Prime Minister and the the other a President and that too, mother and daughter. Whilst the mother hit us below the belt, the daughter removed the belt too!


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