Mette Frederiksen the new queen of Socialdemokraterne

New leader praises Thorning-Schmidt in acceptance speech

It’s been an eventful two weeks for Socialdemokraterne.

First the party was kicked out of government despite being the biggest party in Denmark.

And then Thorning-Schmidt stepped down as the head of the party and has now been officially replaced by Mette Frederiksen, the justice minister until last week.

“You deliver a Denmark in progress. You put your country first, as a stateswoman does,” Frederiksen said in her acceptance speech.

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Positions up for grabs
Frederiksen, who has been a member of parliament since 2001, was the employment minister from 2011 to 2014 before becoming justice minister.

Frederiksen, 37, faced no opposition to the party throne, but it is yet to be revealed which part other influential players such as Henrik Sass Larsen and Magnus Heunicke will play.