Frederiksen prolongs uncertainty over early elections in Denmark

The Prime Minister of Denmark, Mette Frederiksen, has opened this Tuesday the parliamentary course without announcing the call for early elections, despite the fact that the Government risks a motion of censure by an ultimatum imposed by its own partners.

Frederiksen, who heads a minority Executive, had until this Tuesday deadline to announce the electoral advance, eight months before the current legislature technically expires. The partners have granted him one more day, with Thursday as the potential date for announcing the censure motion, reports Bloomberg agency.

Pressure on the cabinet increased in the wake of confirmed legal irregularities in the mass culling of 17 million minks to prevent possible coronavirus contagions. The Social Democrats, in fact, have fallen in the polls, which put the Liberals and Conservatives on the rise.

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Frederiksen has delivered before the Parliament a speech in which, although he has not confirmed the elections, he has slipped some outstanding remains and allusions to the international context, with special emphasis on the war in Ukraine and the recent sabotage of the Nord Stream gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea, local media report.

“It makes no difference which government takes over after elections. It will have to make difficult decisions,” said the Prime Minister, who mentioned security in a series of challenges that also include the economic crisis and climate change.

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