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Denmark's ruling coalition wins a third term

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Denmark's ruling coalition wins a third term

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Anders Fogh Rasmussen has won a third term in office following victory in the Danish general election. A ballot was not due until 2009 but Rasmussen went to the country early on the back of 15 months of consecutive economic growth, the lowest unemployment rate in 33 years and credit for pulling Denmark out of Iraq.

For the third time in a row the Liberals are the biggest party in Denmark. Prior to the poll it was a close call with Rasmussen and the leader of the Social Democrats Helle Thorning-Schmidt neck and neck just hours before the vote.

However Rasmussen and his coalition have an absolute majority to govern the country for the next four years.