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Close race expected in Danish election

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Close race expected in Danish election


The Danes go the polls on Thursday with the centre-right Prime Minister Lars Lokke Ramussen remaining confident that his “blue bloc” will win the election.

But the latest opinion poll shows the centre-left “red bloc” slightly ahead, albeit by only 2.3 percentage points.

Ramussen’s liberal-conservative coalition has been in power for a decade which has ended with the deepest economic recession since World War Two.

He admits some voters could simply be looking for a change.

That could come in the form the left grouping leader Helle Thorning-Schmidt who, if she wins, will become Denmark’s first female prime minister.

She wants Danes to work an extra hour a week to kick-start growth. Jobs and living standards, it seems, are what this election is all about for most people.

But with such a close run expected it could be that smaller parties, including the anti-immigration Danish People’s Party, could end up holding the balance of power.

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