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Report: Denmark expected to avoid snap vote as coalition backs 2018 budget

The government of Danish Prime Minister Lokke Rasmussen is expected to avert the prospect of a snap election after securing the support of the Liberal Alliance, a coalition partner, for the country's 2018 budget, Reuters reported.

Liberal Alliance leader Anders Samuelsen said the budget will be passed by parliament Dec. 22. His party would back the budget and shelve until January the negotiations on tax and immigration reforms that it seeks.

The Liberal Alliance is part of the three-way minority government coalition led by Rasmussen's Liberals. Failure to get the party's support could force the prime minister to call a snap election or relinquish power to the opposition, Reuters noted.

The Danish People's Party endorsed the budget Dec. 8. Rasmussen's government needs the party's backing to govern.