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Coalition partner quits Danish govt but likely to keep supporting PM

Published on Jan 30, 2014 8:44 PM

COPENHAGEN (AFP) - One of the three members of Denmark's leftist coalition quit the government on Thursday over the controversial sale of a stake in state-controlled energy group DONG to US investment bank Goldman Sachs.

"We have followed this DONG case to the end," leader of the Socialist People's Party and minister for social affairs and integration, Ms Annette Vilhelmsen, said at a press conference, where she announced her resignation from both posts.

The party is likely to continue to support Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt's government in parliament, although it may have to seek support from the opposition on some issues.

At a press conference, Ms Thorning-Schmidt said there was no need to call a new election and that her minority government would "shortly introduce a new cabinet".

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