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Eva Kjer Hansen resigns as food and agriculture minister

Lars Løkke Rasmussen government more fragile than ever

Eva Kjer Hansen lasted about eight months as food and agriculture miniser (photo: Eva Kjer Hansen)
February 27th, 2016 11:43 am| by Christian W

After several dramatic days in the halls of Parliament, beleaguered Eva Kjer Hansen has decided to step down as the Danish food and agriculture minister.

Hansen said in a press release she had informed the prime minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen about her decision.

“I have enjoyed every single day that I’ve been at the helm of the Food and Agriculture Ministry, but I don’t want to be a hindrance to Lars Løkke Rasmussen’s second government,” Hansen said.

READ MORE: Rasmussen backs agriculture minister and calls for negotiations

Konservative knife
The drama kicked off earlier  in the week when the Konservative party announced it had lost confidence in Hansen following the release of the government’s contentious agriculture package, which was passed on Thursday.

Rasmussen was initially quick to back Hansen and called for new blue bloc negotiations regarding the minister and an agriculture package that has been criticised for not being environmentally-friendly enough. Hansen, meanwhile was accused of giving the public false information.

But Konservative and a number of other parties, including opposition party Socialdemokraterne, would not relent in their demands for Hansen to go, and today the embattled minister – who had cancelled a scheduled official trip to Saudi Arabia – finally called it a day and stepped down.