The support parties will probably ensure that the government in Denmark is not felt as a result of the mink scandal. But the condition is that there will be an election in the autumn.
The Social Democratic government’s support parties announced on Saturday that they would not support any therapist who could lead to a Supreme Court lawsuit against the government in the wake of the mink scandal.
The message from the Socialist People’s Party and the Radical Left has been stated after a commission of inquiry on Thursday came with strong criticism of Mette Frederiksen’s government for handling the case.
It is necessary for the majority in the Folketing to demand that the critical conclusions from the commission be handed over to an independent legal review body. This could in turn lead to a national court indictment against the Prime Minister or other members of the government.
Makes demands for choice
But the bourgeois opposition does not get a majority for its demand for an independent legal assessment of the Mink Commission’s report. However, the leader of the Radical Left, Sofie Carsten Nielsen, demands that the government announce new elections after the summer holidays. The latest must happen at the reopening of the Folketing on 4 October. If not, the radicals will vote for distrust of the government, according to Nielsen.
The mink commission’s report stated, among other things, that the prime minister misled the people at a press conference in 2020. At the time, she stated that Denmark’s 15 to 17 million mink were to be killed. The reason was a mutation of the coronavirus that had spread from mink to humans.
A number of senior officials also received massive criticism in the 1,700-page investigation report. The Commission did not have a mandate to take a position on whether the Prime Minister and the Government acted with gross negligence, or whether there is a basis for instituting a national court case.
On Friday, Frederiksen acquitted herself when she and four other ministers met the pressure to comment on the report.
– I would like to emphasize that the commission confirms what I myself have said throughout the process. Namely, that I as Prime Minister did not know that it was not at home, Frederiksen said, referring to the fact that there was no legal basis for mass killing.
– I have complied with my duty of truth and have not intended to say anything that was not correct, said the Prime Minister, who also apologized for mistakes that have been made.
Denmark killed more than 15 million animals after the government in 2020 decided that all mink should be killed. Until then, the Danish mink industry had been a world leader for several decades.