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Denmark’s center-left leader reshuffles government

August 9, 2013

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt has reshuffled her center-left government, appointing new defense and business ministers amid sagging support in opinion polls.

The Social Democratic leader on Friday said Henrik Sass-Larsen, widely considered a crown prince in the party, will take over the business portfolio from left-wing coalition partner Annette Vilhelmsen, who moves to the social affairs ministry.

Nicolai Wammen will become defense minister, replacing Nick Haekkerup, who shifts to take charge of Denmark’s trade and European affairs.

The changes come as Thorning Schmidt’s three-party coalition struggles with declining support in polls. It ousted a center-right government in 2011, but some voters say it hasn’t lived up to expectations in fighting youth unemployment and protecting the welfare system.

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