Konservative high-flyer replaces outgoing Mikkelsen as business minister

Once again, Lars Løkke Rasmussen has been forced to make changes to his government, this time by appointing Rasmus Jarlov

In a surprise announcement yesterday, the business minister, Brian Mikkelsen, revealed that he was giving up his political career to take up the post of administrative director at the Danish chamber of commerce, Dansk Erhverv.

Mikkelsen will replace Jens Klarskov, who has been in the post for a number of years.

A meteoric career
In a press release, Lars Løkke Rasmussen has announced that Mikkelsen’s successor will be Rasmus Jarlov, another Konservative MP. Jarlov will be officially presented to the queen at 12:30 today.

Jarlov, who is 41 years old, was born in Aarhus and first entered Parliament after the 2015 election. He has held a number of posts within the party and is chair of the defence committee as well as being spokesperson for employment, finance and defence.

DR’s political analyst Jens Ringberg says Jarlov has been described by his colleagues as controversial because he has a very direct way of arguing: “He’s stubborn, quick on the trigger and not especially keen on seeking compromises.”





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