The Associated Press

Danish Premier Declares Victory

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen declared victory in Tuesday's election after near-complete results showed his center-right government defeated the left-wing opposition.

"Everything indicates that the government can continue," he told jubilant supporters of his Liberal Party. He called it "historic" that a Liberal-led government had been re-elected for a third term.

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark's center-right government headed for re-election Tuesday after the leader of the key opposition party conceded defeat.

The concession came after exit polls showed Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen's minority government held a solid lead in the vote.

"I promised I would beat Anders Fogh Rasmussen. That didn't happen," a tearful Helle Thorning-Schmidt told supporters of her Social Democratic Party. "Danes need more time before they hand over responsibility to us."