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Scandal-hit Løkke stays on as leader of Liberals

DANISH NEWS - Lars Løkke Rasmussen is to continue as leader of the main opposition Liberal Party after resisting moves to unseat him at a marathon seven-hour meeting of the party’s executive committee last night

After media speculation throughout Monday that he had decided to quit, the former prime minister took on the rebels who had demanded his resignation and won, report media.

At a 1am press conference this morning he said:

“We believe it’s best for the party to maintain the current leadership, with me as leader and Kristian Jensen as deputy leader. We are both aware of the challenges that lie ahead and we both know there would have been alternative challenges if I’d stepped down. No matter what decision was made we are facing a major reaction but together we’re ready to move forward and heal the wounds.”

Had expected him to quit

He also guaranteed delegates that there would be no more expense account problems.

Throughout Monday, sources close to Mr Løkke Rasmussen expected him to quit as it appeared unlikely he would be able to put together the majority needed from the 132-strong executive committee to avoid a vote of no-confidence.

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