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Danish deputy PM resigns to leave politics

COPENHAGEN (AFP) – Danish Deputy Prime Minister Jakob Ellemann-Jensen said yesterday he was retiring from politics, just months after he returned from a six-month leave due to stress and overwork.

His resignation will also mean he steps down as leader of the liberal Venstre party, which is part of Denmark’s ruling coalition party.

“The short version: I am quitting Danish politics completely and permanently today,” Ellemann-Jensen, who is also Economy Minister, told a press conference.

Venstre has seen opinion poll numbers drop since it entered a coalition government led by Social Democrat Mette Frederiksen.

Danish Deputy Prime Minister Jakob Ellemann-Jensen. PHOTO: AFP