Denmark will hold a general election on November 1, seven months before the scheduled end of Mette Frederikson’s term as Prime Minister following mounting criticism for a controversial mink cull policy.
Frederikson, who called the election on October 6, is under fire for a Covid-19 policy which saw the government order a cull of Denmark’s entire captive mink population over fears of Covid-19 mutation which could have rendered vaccines ineffective.
The policy has harmed Denmark’s previously world-leading furs industry.
A commission found although the cull was illegal, Frederikson did not mean to break the law.
The election was triggered when the opposition party, the Social Liberal party, issued an ultimatum demanding elections. Frederikson, who previously became Denmark’s youngest Prime Minister, aged 41, responded by calling elections for November, avoiding an increasingly likely vote of no confidence.
Current polls do not predict a clear election result. Pollsters anticipate a tie between Frederikson’s left-leaning Social Democrats and a right-wing bloc made up of Liberal, Conservative and nationalist parties.
Denmark is also currently embroiled in a global political crisis over the alleged sabotage of a gas pipeline from Russia.
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