Denmark’s Leftist Oposition Wins Parliamentary Election

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 6:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Denmark's left-leaning opposition has won a narrow victory in parliamentary elections, after a decade of center-right rule.

Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen conceded defeat late Thursday. He said there was no longer enough support for the government in Denmark's 179-member parliament, and that he would hand in his resignation to the queen Friday morning.

Social Democratic leader Helle Thorning-Schmidt is now set to become Denmark's first woman prime minister.

The opposition and the coalition share similar views on the economy, foreign policy, welfare and immigration but differ in their outlook on taxes.

Ms. Thorning-Schmidt wants to avoid some of the country's planned austerity measures by raising taxes on wealthy Danes and banks. Mr. Loekke Rasmussen had ruled out any tax increases.

The 44-year-old Ms. Thorning-Schmidt is the daughter-in-law of British Labor politician Neil Kinnock.