|Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt (C) poses for photos with new ministers in Copenhagen, Denmark, Aug. 9, 2013. Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt announced Friday a cabinet reshuffle to change seven ministries including those for defense, trade and investment. (Xinhua/Hasse Ferrold)
COPENHAGEN, Aug. 9 (Xinhua) -- Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt announced Friday a cabinet reshuffle to change seven ministries including those for defense, trade and investment.
Ministry for European Affairs, set up ahead of Denmark's 2012 EU presidency, is merged with Ministry for Trade and Investment, cutting the cabinet seats from 23 to 22.
Henrik Sass-Larsen was named minister for business and growth, while Mette Gjerskov, former minister for food and agriculture and Henrik Dam Kristensen, former minister for transport, lost their cabinet seats.
Former minister for defense, Nick Haekkerup, took the post of the new Minister for Trade and European Affairs, with former minister for European affairs Nicolai Wammen appointed as minister for defense. Annette Vilhelmsen took the post of Minister for Social and Integration.
Sass-Larsen is an experienced politician and has helped Thorning-Schmidt secure the governmental alliance's victory in the general election in 2011. But he failed to pass a security check and was dumped by Thorning-Schmidt when she formed the cabinet after the election.
Karen Haekkerup, transferred from minister for social and integration to head the ministry for food and agriculture, and former Minister for Trade and Investment Pia Olsen Dyhr became the new minister for transport.
The current center-left government coalition has been losing public support since it came into power two years ago. Political analysts here said the cabinet reshuffle is made in a bid to regain the public's trust and support.