Let’s keep up with Denmark.
Despite an unprecedented turnout of Danish Muslims, Denmark's Social Democrats are likely to take power after wooing populist supporters with anti-immigration rhetoric.Tags: Danish elections, Danish People's Party, immigration, refugees, Danish Muslims.
Denmark's centre-left Social Democrats came out on top in Wednesday's general election, ousting the incumbent right-wing coalition and promising a new focus on welfare and environmental issues, but pledged to continue muscular anti-immigration policies originally spearheaded by the far-right.
Mette Frederiksen, the leader of the Social Democrats, will likely become the next prime minister after her party won 25.9 percent of votes, giving the left-wing bloc a majority of 91 of the 179 seats in parliament.
Frederiksen, 41, has provoked controversy among the left-wing bloc after pledging to continue curbing immigration, and stating her support for hard-line, anti-Islam and anti-immigrant policies such as banning the face veil and confiscating valuables from Syrian refugees in order to "pay for their stay" in asylum centres.
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In her victory speech, Frederiksen said Danes had "chosen a new majority, and a new direction".
Due to her anti-immigrant turn, many fellow left bloc parties are reluctant to enter into a formal coalition with the Social Democrats, who are seeking to rule as a minority government with ad-hoc support from other parties, not unusual in Denmark.
The current government, led by Lars Lokke Rasmussen of the Liberal Party, was brought down by a collapse in votes for the anti-immigrant Danish People's Party (DPP), which has informally supported his minority coalition to pass legislation.