Danish PM says has struck a deal to form new government

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Posted: Nov 27, 2016 9:08 AM

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Denmark's Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen said on Sunday he had agreed to form a new government with the Liberal Alliance and the Conservative Party.

The deal, announced on Twitter, could reduce the risk of snap elections, as Rasmussen's minority government has faced tough negotiations on a broad 10-year financial reform plan.

Since last year's election, the government has consisted only of Rasmussen's Liberal Party, which holds just 34 of 179 seats in parliament.

Rasmussen did not extend his invitation to join the government to the Danish People's Party, the largest of the three parties supporting his current government.

(Reporting by Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen; Editing by Mark Potter)