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Fogh Rasmussen, Anders (Denmark)

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Introduction

Anders Fogh Rasmussen became Denmark’s prime minister in Nov. 2001. His Liberal Party (Venstre or V) had the largest representation in parliament, but to form a government he had to forge a coalition with the Conservatives. Although espousing a centre-right line, his government was supported by the far-right Danish People’s Party. Following the 2005 and 2007 general elections, he became the first Liberal leader to win a second, and then a third, consecutive term of office. On 4 April 2009 it was announced that Fogh Rasmussen would take over as Secretary General of NATO on 1 Aug. His successor, Lars Løkke Rasmussen, took office the next day.

Early Life

Fogh Rasmussen was born on 26 Jan. 1953 in Ginnerup, Jutland. He joined the Young Liberals (Venstres Ungdom) in 1970 and stood unsuccessfully as the Liberal parliamentary candidate for Viborg in Jan. 1973. The following year he was elected chairman of the Young Liberals, a post he held for 2 years. In 1978 Fogh Rasmussen...

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