January 13, 2011 / 6:26 PM / 8 years ago

Denmark's Espersen resigns as Conservative leader

COPENHAGEN, Jan 13 (Reuters) - Danish Foreign Minister Lene Espersen said on Thursday she had resigned as leader of her Conservative party but said she had no plans to step down from her ministerial post.

This followed a revolt among members of the party disgruntled with dismal opinion poll ratings in an election year. Espersen, who has led the Conservatives since 2008 and became foreign minister in February 2010, told a news conference the party was in a serious crisis.

The party is the junior partner in the centre-right coalition government of Liberal Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen. Rasmussen must hold elections by mid-November, but he can call a snap vote any time. (Reporting by John Acher; editing by David Stamp)

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