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Copenhagen : Denmark | Sep 16, 2011 at 4:06 AM PDT
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Denmark elects its first female prime minister

COPENHAGEN - The "Red Block" (center left) led by the head of the Social Democrats, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, won Thursday's parliamentary elections in Denmark, after ten years with a government right, with the first woman to head the future government of Denmark.

After making the counting of votes, the alliance center-left won 50.3% of the vote and 92 of the 179 seats in the Danish Parliament, exceeding the threshold of 90 seats required to obtain an absolute majority.

The center-right coalition of outgoing Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen, meanwhile, won 49.7% of the vote, giving it 87 seats in the Folketing and the Danish Parliament.

Rasmussen acknowledged its failure late Thursday, claiming to want to go see the Queen of Denmark Margrethe II on Friday at 11:00 local time, to give him the formal resignation of his government.

But the Liberal Party of Mr. Rasmussen has strengthened its position as the national party with 47 seats in parliament, while the Social Democratic Party of Ms Thorning-Schmidt collected 44, becoming the second largest party in the Folketing.

Over the past decade, the country experienced a consolidation of the political blocs, with a wide division between the government and the opposition on various issues of national importance.

The two largest opposition parties, the Social Democratic Party and the Socialist People's Party, form the "Red Power" and the "Red-Green" (far left).

For their part, the Liberal and Conservative parties, and now outgoing government nouvellle minority coalition government, formed with their parliamentary allies say the "Blue Block".

The center-left alliance Danish focuses primarily on issues of economic growth, reforms of the education system and immigration, and the end of the two-party politics.

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