Danish PM names new coalition ministers, reducing risk of snap poll

Reuters News
Posted: Nov 28, 2016 4:11 AM

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen reshuffled his cabinet on Monday to bring in ministers from two other parties after forming a coalition to broaden the base of his minority government.

Rasmussen announced a weekend deal between his Liberals, the Liberal Alliance and the Conservatives that reduces the risk of a snap election, while excluding the populist right-wing Danish People's Party.

The new foreign minister will be Liberal Alliance leader Anders Samuelsen, who in recent months had threatened to bring down the government because of disagreements over tax cuts, immigration and welfare policies..

The finance minister will be Kristian Jensen of the Liberals, who was previously foreign minister.

With only six seats out of 179 in parliament, the Conservatives got three ministries, and the Liberal Alliance with 12 seats was awarded six. Rasmussen's Liberals have 34 seats and will head 13 ministries.

The new government will be presented to Queen Margrethe at 0930 GMT. It will still need support from the Danish People's Party, which will constrain its freedom of maneuver.

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(Reporting by Annabella Pultz Nielsen; Editing by Mark Trevelyan)