Meet Mette and Lars
The general election is coming to an end, and this election is quite different from the previous elections.
In the beginning of this general election three politicians proclaimed that they are running for the title as prime minister:
- Mette Frederiksen from the Social democrats and prime minister during the last three and a half years
- Jacob Ellemann-Jensen from The Liberal Party (Venstre)
- Søren Pape Poulsen from the Conservative Party
Two (three) blocks
There are two blocks in Danish politic, the red block and the blue block.
The red block consists of:
- The Social Democrats
- The Social Liberal Party (Radikale Venstre)
- The Green Left (SF)
- The Red-Green Alliance (Enhedslisten)
- The Alternative and the Vegan Party
The blue block consists of:
- The Conservative Party,
- The Liberal Party (Venstre)
- The Danish Democrats
- The Danish People’s Party (Dansk Folkeparti)
- The New Right (Nye Borgerlige)
- The Liberal Allicance
- The Christian Democrats.
The Independent Greens and the Moderates have not been included in any of the two blocks as they have not yet decided on which block they wish to support. The Moderates call themself the purple block, saying that they want a government with parties from both the blue and the red block.
Faroe Islands and Greenland
Now neither red block nor blue block can count to 90, which is the number of seats needed to get the majority of the seats in the Danish Parliament.
What does this mean, it means that the North Atlantic votes, two from Faroe Islands and two from Greenland can end up holding the balance of power.
Nice to know
If the majority isn’t against the government everything is fine. The parliament in Denmark consists of 179 seats, this means that forming a government you will need 90 seats. If the government needs the votes from other parties, it is a minority government.
The last three and half years Denmark has had a minority government as the Social Democrats formed a one-party government with their 48 mandates.
And until recently the majority wasn’t against the government, but then the Social Liberal Party decided to give the government an ultimatum, call an election or give up on creating a reception center for refugees in Rwanda. Thereby the government had the majority against them!
Who is going to be Prime Minister?
There are two candidates from the blue block and one from the red block, who want to be Prime Minister:
In the beginning of the election campaign Søren Pape Poulsen was the favorite in the blue block. However, it has been quite a hectic election campaign for him as there have been many revelations from his time as Minister of Justice. These revelations have resulted in bad opinion polls for the Conservative Party and no-one really believe in him anymore.
That means that Jakob Ellemann-Jensen from The Liberal Party and Mette Frederiksen from the Social democrats bothhave a fair chance to form a government and become Prime Minister.