Jakob Ellemand-Jensen has finally declared that he will run for chairman in the oposition party Venstre
Several days after Lars Løkke Rasmussen resigned, Jakob Ellemann-Jensen has decided to step down from the position of the Liberal Party chairman.
Jakob Ellemann-Jensen has decided to step down as the Left’s future chairman. He talked about it in his interview to DR News.
“I am running for office as chairman of the Venstre, the Liberal Party of Denmark. I think there is a deep desire in our party to reconcile the conflicting parties that have been and then start over.”
Answering the question if he was the man who could do that, Jakob Ellemann-Jensen expressed hope he may be the one.
“I hope I am. My teammates have confidence that I can do that. I have met with great support from all over the country, and if you get such support, you also have an obligation to live up to it.”
Ultimately, there are approximately 850 delegates at the Left National Assembly who will decide whether Jakob Ellemann-Jensen will also receive the chairmanship.
Culmination on weeks of strife
Jakob Ellemann-Jensen’s announcement is the preliminary culmination of the internal turmoil that has characterized the Left since the parliamentary elections. A turmoil that over the past caused former Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen, and Kristian Jensen to resign as the chairman and deputy chairman of the Left, respectively, after meetings of the party’s business committee and mainboard.
After this weekend’s meetings, Venstre has called for an extraordinary national meeting in Herning on September 21, where the chair and vice-chairmanship are the only items on the agenda.
Jakob Ellemann-Jensen has now made it clear that he is running for office, but it is still unclear who will be running for the Vice-President. Inger Støjberg is mentioned by several Left members as a candidate, but whether or not it is also a wish candidate for Jakob Ellemann-Jensen, he does not want to comment.
“I’ve talked to someone around, and I’m sure there will be a message here before September 21,” he says.
Talking about Inger Støjberg running as the Vice President, he says that now they do not have a tradition in Denmark to have ‘running mates’, but that he has also made some thoughts on who will be able to sit with him at the head of the Left.
“It must be time to show,” he noted when asked if there must be a choice of a battle over the Vice President’s post. “I do not know how many will announce their candidacy, but I am quite sure that we will have a strong Vice President.”
Now the pottery stops
The announcement comes after several days of speculation where more and more MPs and other leading figures in the Left have openly announced their support for Jakob Ellemann-Jensen.
The left-wing parliamentary group had a meeting today in Christiansborg, and afterward, Jakob Ellemann-Jensen explained that before the same time on Wednesday he would probably announce whether he would listen to the many requests.
Jakob Ellemann-Jensen asked for the respect that he just needed to chew on the impressions and messages he has received over the past days. After chewing on it for a little eight hours, he has come to the decision he wants to run for the chair in the Left.