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Denmark elects its first female prime minister

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Denmark will have its first-ever female prime minister after incumbent premier Lars Lokke Rasmussen conceded defeat in the country’s general election on Thursday.

Social Democrat leader Helle Thorning-Schmidt will take over power after her centre-left ‘Red Bloc’ coalition narrowly won the poll.

She wants to increase government spending by levying extra taxes on the wealthy.

Thorning-Schmidt’s centre-left coalition will have a majority of up to five in the 179-seat Danish parliament.

Voter surveys suggest Rasmussen paid with his job due to dissatisfaction with the state of Denmark’s economy, currently mired in its worst downturn since World War Two.

The centre-right Blue Bloc coalition had been in power for nearly ten years.

The liberal-conservative alliance has long relied on support from the anti-immigration People’s Party to get proposed legislation through parliament.