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It requires choice – otherwise mistrust awaits

On Tuesday, the Danish Parliament opened after the summer recess, previously the last day of Radical Finster’s ultimatum calling Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen (S) to hold elections in Denmark.

– Exactly today has no meaning to me. I can also point out that many commentators have stated that the elections will be announced on Wednesday. And that’s perfectly fine for us, says Radikale Venstre party leader Sophie Carsten Nielsen.

Guessing on Thursday

The six parties on the right — Finster, Conservative Denmark Demokraterne, Danske Volkparte, Nie Borgerlij and the Liberal Alliance — also expect elections this fall. The stable advice from the opposition is that Frederiksen calls elections on Wednesday or Thursday.

Thursday morning is my guess, says Alex Vanoblag, leader of the Liberal Alliance party, during Parliament’s opening day.

Leaks in the two Nord Stream pipelines in the Baltic Sea, rising inflation and rising electricity prices do not affect Radikal Finster’s election demands.

With the Mink Committee Report as a basis, a decision was made that we could no longer support a one-party government. We stand by that decision, says Sophie Carsten Nielsen.

The decision regarding the selection of Radikale Venstre was made this summer to not support the appointment of an independent review of the Mink Committee’s report. Such examination, in turn, could have been the basis for holding the prime minister or anyone else accountable for dealing with the illegal decision to euthanize the country’s 15-17 million mink during the pandemic.

‘A very difficult crisis’

However, the two other supportive parties of the S government – Enhedslisten and Socialist Folkeparti – believe that it is not appropriate to hold elections at the present time.

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– We are now in a very difficult crisis. It’s not just about what happened in the Baltic Sea with the leaks. The Danish economy has been hit hard by energy and food prices, Pia Olsen der, leader of the Socialist People’s Party, tells TV2.

There is no set election day in Denmark, but the next general election must be held no later than June 23, 2023.

It is the Prime Minister – for that term, Mette Frederiksen (S) – who announces when the elections will be held. Usually, this should be done three to four weeks before election day.

Radical Finster demanded that an election be called in connection with the opening of Parliament on 4 October – otherwise the party would lift a vote of no confidence in the S.

As soon as Thursday 6 October – regarding the opening debate in the Norwegian parliament – Radical Fenster could raise distrust.

If a majority of parliamentarians express distrust of the government, they can either choose to resign or the prime minister can call an election.

If the government resigns, the so-called Queen’s Tour awaits you. Queen Margaret then, after consulting with party leaders, chooses a negotiator who will be tasked with forming the government.