On Friday, the Danish Liberal Party’s #2 and 3 men were involved in some high-profile resignations and sackings.
First, the head of the Danish National Board of Health, dr. Jens Kristian Gøtrik, resigned from his post with immediate notice after being criticised by the Minister of Health, Lars Løkke Rasmussen, in a live televised debate. The issue behind Mr. Gøtrik’s resignation was the handling of waiting times for cancer surgery. Mr. Løkke Rasmussen denies that he tried to force Mr. Gøtrik to resign.
Next, the Liberal parliamentary group sacked local government spokesman Leif Mikkkelsen following charges from the Employment Minister Claus Hjorth Frederiksen that Mikkelsen was being illoyal towards the party leadership and that his criticism of the Liberal Party’s centrist policies amounted to party-damaging activity.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the globe, Prime Minister and chairman of the Liberal Party Anders Fogh Rasmussen, who is visiting South Korea denied any prior knowledge of the sacking of Leif Mikkelsen and said that the parliamentary group had been acting on its own initiative. Mr. Rasmussen also said that he was surprised by the sacking.