Lene Espersen resigns as leader of the Danish people party.
Thursday, 13 January 2011
Lene Espersen, leader of the Danish People’s party and foreign minister announced on Thursday evening in a hastily called news conference at Christiansborg that she is resigning as leader of the Conservatives.
She also announced that she continues in her job as Minister of foreign minister.
The Conservative parliamentary group will convened a meeting on Friday in which they’ll plan to select a new party leader.
Lene Espersen acknowledged at the press conference that the Conservatives are currently experiencing a very serious crisis. She said that the uncertainty and nervousness in the party had spread, and they were heading into a downward spiral.
“The best I can do is to step down, "she said.
According The Danish news paper, Politiken’s website, cite sources which suspect some key candidates to take her place. Such person is Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Brian Mikkelsen is being tipped to lead the party. The newspaper said that at least nine out of 17 MPs support the candidature of Brian Mikkelsen as a new party leader, while only five consider another candidate, Lars Barfoed.
The message from Lene Espersen came just hours after she had returned home after a tour of the Middle East. She came to meet a stormy conservative party which want her to go.
Several MPs who had hitherto been silent, have made clear that they supported either Brian Mikkelsen or Lars Barfoed.
Opinion polls for the party has dropped to more than halved today compared to the 2007 elections when the party got 10.4 percent of the vote.