Thursday 29 September 2016

Maverick former Danish prime minister Anker Joergensen dies at 93

Published 20/03/2016 | 20:26

UK prime minister Margaret Thatcher exchanges views with Danish premier Anker Joergensen after a summit meeting at City Hall in Strasbourg, France (AP)
UK prime minister Margaret Thatcher exchanges views with Danish premier Anker Joergensen after a summit meeting at City Hall in Strasbourg, France (AP)

Anker Joergensen, a former prime minister loved by many Danes for his down-to-earth character but criticised for his handling of economic problems in the 1970s and 1980s, has died. He was 93.

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Mr Joergensen's Social Democrats announced his death in a statement on Sunday. It did not give the date or cause of death.

Mr Joergensen led Danish governments in 1972-1973 and 1975-1982, a time when Denmark was marred by political turmoil and economic problems.

He drew criticism from Washington for opposing the US engagement in Vietnam and calling for diplomatic ties with communist East Germany. He also provoked Israel's ire by supporting the Palestinian Liberation Organisation.

Mr Joergensen lived in a small apartment in Copenhagen instead of the prime minister's official residence.

His wife, Ingrid, died in 1997.

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