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    A voter casts a ballot in the voting box wrapped by tapes bearing letters that read: Sealed at a primary school in Copenhagen, Denmark, Thursday morning June 18, 2015

    Denmark's Opposition Bloc Beat Ruling Coalition in General Election

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    A bloc of Danish opposition parties won the country’s general election.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – A bloc of Danish opposition parties won the country’s general election, beating the ruling center-left coalition, Danish broadcaster DR reported on Friday.

    According to the media outlet, the bloc received 90 out of 175 mandates, while the center-left coalition headed by Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt gained 85 seats.

    A voter casts a ballot in the voting box wrapped by tapes bearing letters that read: Sealed at a primary school in Copenhagen, Denmark, Thursday morning June 18, 2015
    © AP Photo / Jakob Jorgensen/Polfoto via AP
    With 37 parliamentary seats, anti-immigrant Danish People’s Party (DPP) achieved remarkable results, becoming second-largest party after the Social Democrats. The DPP is expected to join center-right group headed by Lars Lokke Rasmussen, Denmark’s former prime minister.

    “We all hope for the best result but this is beyond what I ever imagined. None of the polls indicated this was possible. And I’m not just talking about my party, I’m talking about the centre-right bloc. We are foreseeing to have a centre-right majority and Mr Rasmussen is able to form a government,” DPP member in the European Parliament Morten Messerschmidt told the Guardian, commenting on the poll results.

    The DPP that nearly doubled its 2011 election results, has been advocating tougher immigration rules, calling for a "closed-door" immigration policy. This means reestablishing Denmark’s border with Germany to control migration flows, limiting social benefits for migrants and holding a referendum on Denmark's exit from the European Union.

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