Denmark Gives New Mandate to Prime Minister

Early-election gamble yields third term for right-wing coalition
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 14, 2007 11:36 AM CST

(Newser) – Denmark's ruling coalition won a third term in government yesterday for right-leaning PM Anders Fogh Rasmussen, who called the election 15 months ahead of schedule, reports the Times of London. The party of Naser Khader, a Syrian-born legislator, did not win enough seats to force the ruling coalition to include it, but Rasmussen said today he might attempt to bring it into the government.

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The Liberal Party—headed by Rasmussen, who drew worldwide notice in the furor following publication of cartoons of the Muslim prophet Mohammed—leads the coalition that has 90 of 179 parliamentary seats;  the leftist Social Democrats have 84. Officials say 86.5% of Denmark's 4 million voters came to the polls yesterday, with immigration, welfare, and taxes the campaign's central issues. (Read more Denmark stories.)

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