Denmark's foreign minister resigns in poor health

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Posted: Dec 11, 2013 8:27 AM

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark's foreign minister says he is resigning after doctors uncovered a blood clot in his heart.

Villy Soevndal has been on sick leave since a brief hospitalization in October. The 61-year-old politician says doctors have now told him he is unfit to continue his political career.

Soevndal is the former leader of the Socialist People's Party, a junior partner in the government coalition. He is largely credited for getting the leftist group in the government in 2011 — the first time that had happened since the party was established in 1959.

Wednesday's announcement came a day after Denmark's justice minister resigned after coming under fire for lying to Parliament.

Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt says she would present new government members on Thursday.