Denmark’s deputy prime minister and economy minister, Jakob Elleman-Jensen, announced Monday, October 23, that he was leaving politics and stepping down as head of his party. The party is staying on as part of the three-party governing coalition that has been in office since December 2022.
For now, Defense Minister Troels Lund Poulsen will take over Ellemann’s posts. The installation has been confirmed by the government.
Ellemann-Jensen, formally stepped down as he handed over his resignation to Denmark’s figurehead monarch, Queen Margrethe II.
“It’s a definitive farewell to Danish politics,” he said after leaving the royal palace.
Earlier in the day, Ellemann-Jensen stated at a press conference, that he was accepting the consequences following internal party criticism over decreasing support. He said he didn’t want to stand in the way of his party’s revival.
The party has experienced a support plunge from 24.6% in September 2019, when he became party leader, to 8.7% in an opinion poll from October 3 this year.
Senior party member Stephanie Lose will assume the party leadership until a party convention next month.