- Title: DENMARK: DANES VOTE IN NATIONAL ELECTIONS
- Date: 11th March 1998
- Summary: COPENHAGEN, DENMARK (MARCH 10, 1998) (RTV - ACCESS ALL) 1. GV TOP VIEW OF CITY/ BUNCHES OF TULIPS 0.08 2. SLV DANISH PRIME MINISTER AND SOCIAL DEMOCRAT LEADER POUL NYRUP RASMUSSEN WALKING ALONG STREET 0.11 3. SV RASMUSSEN HANDING RED ROSES TO PEOPLE IN STREET 0.30 4. GV /SCU RASMUSSEN SPEAKING TO PEOPLE IN STREET 0.57 5. SV RASMUSSEN WALKING AWAY SAYING "FOUR MORE YEARS" (ENGLISH) (REFERRING TO THE LENGTH OF TERM IF HE IS RE-ELECTED IN WEDNESDAY'S GENERAL ELECTION) 0.57 HELLERUPP, NEAR COPENHAGEN (MARCH 11, 1998) (RTV-ACCESS ALL) 6. GV POLLING STATION (5 SHOTS) 1.27 7. SLV/SV LIBERAL PARTY LEADER UFFE LEMANN-JENSEN CASTING VOTE. (4 SHOTS) 1.53 8. SCU ELLEMANN-JENSEN SAYING HE IS NOT CONFIDENT OF SUCCESS, THE VOTE IS ALWAYS VERY CLOSE IN DENMARK AND THERE ARE ALWAYS SURPRISES (ENGLISH) (4 SHOTS) 3.17 9. SV ELLEMANN-JENSEN LEAVING POLLING STATION. 3.35 10. SLV/ VARIOUS PEOPLE CASTING VOTES IN POLLING STATION.PAN (12 SHOTS) 5.05 Initials S3 P3 Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 26th March 1998 12:00
- Location: COPENHAGEN AND HELLERUPP, DENMARK
- Country: Denmark
- Reuters ID: LVA2PWZAENJVM2RK69FAB47715HT
- Story Text: Danes are voting in national elections with Prime Minister Poul Nyrup Rasmussen in upbeat mood despite opinion poll forecasts that he would lose.
The Social Democrat leader handed red roses to potential voters in a central Copenhagen shopping street as his centre-left coalition looked for last minute votes.
As voters lined up to cast their ballot on Wednesday (March 11), the centre-right opposition bloc appeared narrowly ahead of the ruling centre-left coalition in the latest opinion polls.
In Copenhagen on Tuesday (March 10) Poul Nyrup Rasmussen repeated the mantra "four more years" to his supporters and others to encourage them to vote him another term of office.
Opposition Liberal leader Uffe Ellemann-Jensen, campaigning in Helleruppe, is favourite to win but will be hard put to form a government.Even if his centre-right bloc gets a majority in parliament he must build a coalition with smaller parties.
He refused to take success for granted, saying that votes are always close in Denmark.
Whether Ellemann-Jensen takes over or Social Democratic Prime Minister Poul Nyrup Rasmussen stays in office, the small Nordic country's leader must guide it through a referendum that could give its European Union partners a diplomatic headache.
The Danes are to vote again on May 28 in a referendum on the EU's Amsterdam Treaty, negotiated last year by leaders of the 15-member union to open the way for enlargement and a common policy on refugees and asylum.
A 'no' could delay enlargement since all EU members must ratify the treaty before it can take effect.
Final results for the election will not be available until Thursday but computer projections, based on exit polls, will be issued within an hour of voting's end.
Most votes are expected to have been counted by 2300GMT on Wednesday.
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