Rasmussen to form minority government in Denmark

Centre-right Venstre party leader Rasmussen decides to form minority government in Denmark

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Denmark’s centre-right Venstre party leader Lars Lokke Rasmussen has announced that he will look for options to form a minority government since forming a majority government is “not possible.”

After the elections, Danish Queen Margrethe II gave Rasmussen the duty of “exploring the possibility of forming a [majority] government with several parties."

After meeting with political party leaders, Rasmussen said that "I honestly tried to fulfil that task, but I realised it was not possible."

Although Denmark’s other right-wing parties were not fond of the idea of a minority government led by Venstre, Rasmussen announced that he will meet with the country’s Queen to ask permission to form the minority government.

Rasmussen announced his decision following a parliamentary vote for forming a joint government between Rasmussen’s Venstre Party and the anti-immigration Danish People’s Party (DF).

Although the DF won the second most number of seats in the Danish elections, it refused to form a coalition unless it was assured that it would have important role during the coalition’s rule.

DF set four main conditions to form a ruling coalition with Venstre. According to these conditions, Venstre has to adopt a eurosceptic approach towards the EU, strengthen border controls, restrict immigration policy and raise public sector spending.

DF member of parliament Soren Espersen said that “these are unconditional terms. We will not enter discussions on whether it could be 0.5 or 0.6 percent. Kristian [Thulesen Dahl, leader of the DF] believes very firmly that this is the starting point for any worthwhile negotiations, and if that is not possible, then we are happy to remain outside of government.”

The block of right wing opposition parties, including Ventre and DF, won the most support in Thursday’s elections, giving a big boost to  anti-immigration and eurosceptic politics.

The opposition bloc, wants to limit the European Union’s influence over Denmark and its immigration policy.

In Denmark, when a proposed government without a majority of seats wins a vote of confidence from parliament, it becomes the the minority government of the country. However, this government cannot pass any laws without the support of other parties in the parliament.

TRTWorld and agencies