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New ministers announced

Karen Hækkerup (S) is the new justice minister and MEP Dan Jørgensen (S) returns from Brussels to be agriculture minister

Karen Hækkerup (S) will replace Morten Bødksov (S) as justice minister after he was forced to resign (Photo: Scanpix)

December 12, 2013

by PS

Karen Hækkerup (S) will take over from Morten Bødskov (S) as justice minister, multiple media outlets are reporting this morning.

Bødskov was forced to withdraw after he admitted lying to parliament about his involvement in cancelling a parliamentary visit to Christiania.

Hækkerup's surprise replacement as the food and agriculture minister is MEP Dan Jørgensen (S) who is currently stationed in the European Parliament.

READ MORE: Moren Bødskov out as justice minister





MEP Dan Jørgensen (S) is leaving the European Parliament early to start his new role as agriculture minister (Photo: Scanpix)

A "dream start"
"Dan Jørgensen has managed to maintain a high profile in the party even though he is sitting in the European Parliament, [which] is rare," DR's political commentator Uffe Tang told DR Nyheder.

Jørgensen announced last year that he wouldn't run again in next year's European Parliament election and would instead compete for a place in the Danish parliament.

"He has managed to secure a ministerial role before even being elected to the Danish parliament, so it's a dream start for him," Tang added.

New foreign and tax ministers
Villy Søvndal (SF) announced yesterday that he was resigning from parliament and giving up his role as foreign minister for health reasons.

Holger K Nielsen (SF) will replace him as the head of the Foreign Ministry, while SF's political spokesperson Jonas Dahl will take over Nielsen's role as tax minister.


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