Denmark to hold early election in November

"I am proud of the accomplishments of this administration in less than three years. And now we're asking for a new mandate on November 1," she told journalists outside Marienborg, her official residence, on Wednesday. "The government does not resign in conjunction with the announcement of the election," a statement from her office said.

After months of speculation, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen has finally called a general election in Denmark for November 1, 2022.

"I am proud of the accomplishments of this administration in less than three years. And now we're asking for a new mandate on November 1," she told journalists outside Marienborg, her official residence, on Wednesday.

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"The government does not resign in conjunction with the announcement of the election," a statement from her office said.

The country's current Social Democratic minority government expects to remain in power as part of a ruling coalition, Xinhua news agency reported.

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"The time has come to test a new form of government in Denmark," Frederiksen said.

"We are ready for both compromises and cooperation. We would like to put ourselves at the head of a broad government with parties from both sides of the political middle."

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The campaign, according to the Prime Minister, will be focused on "security," and the most important political task now is to get Denmark through the crisis successfully.

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"The 2022 parliamentary election will be a security election. Security for individuals, families, finances and daily life, as well as security for Denmark, Europe and the world," she added.

The Danish Parliament is re-elected at least every four years. The most recent election took place on June 5, 2019.

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The political parties will compete for 179 seats in the Folketing, or Danish Parliament: 175 in Denmark proper, two in the Faroe Islands and two in Greenland.

The "mink scandal," which saw the country cull 17 million mink in late 2020, has cast a long shadow over the current administration since this July, when an independent panel reprimanded the minority government for its role but did not impeach it.

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The Social Liberal Party, one of the government's three supporters, demanded that Frederiksen call elections no later than when the new Parliament convenes in October, or face a no-confidence vote.

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