Denmark’s Frederiksen Not Planning Elections Amid Strong Polls

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, who has enjoyed rising support in opinion polls over her handling of the virus outbreak, said she doesn’t plan a snap election that could extend her time in power.

Frederiksen, a Social Democrat who runs a minority government based on support mainly from left-wing parties, said she will instead focus her time on policy areas overshadowed by the pandemic.

“We are still a very new government,” Frederiksen said Friday at a press conference in Tallinn, where she was meeting Estonian peer Juri Ratas. “We need all the time within four years to solve all the other challenges and problems, so no elections are coming up in Denmark.”

Frederiksen won general elections in June 2019 on a pledge to increase welfare spending and reduce carbon emissions. In recent polls, the Social Democrats have been set to receive twice the support of the largest opposition party.

Denmark’s prime minister has the power to call elections at any time but must do so at least every four years.

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