MOGENS LYKKETOFT (Danish pronunciation: ; born 9 January 1946) is a Danish politician and a leading figure in the Social Democratic Party .
In December 2002 he succeeded
Poul Nyrup Rasmussen as party leader of
the Social Democrats (Socialdemokraterne). After losing the 2005
Danish parliamentary election he resigned as leader of his party. In
the Cabinets of
Poul Nyrup Rasmussen I , II , III and IV which
governed from 1993 to 2001, he held positions as Finance Minister and
Foreign Minister . During the cabinet of
Helle Thorning Schmidt from
2011 to 2015 he was Speaker of the
In June 2015 he was unanimously elected the President of the United Nations General Assembly presiding over the 70th session of the General Assembly beginning 15 September 2015.
* 1 Personal life * 2 Political career * 3 Israel/Palestine visit * 4 Publications * 5 References * 6 External links
Lykketoft was born out of wedlock and put up for adoption. He was adopted twice, since his first adoptive father died when he was only a few months old. The second time he was adopted by shopkeeper Axel Lykketoft and Martha Lykketoft. He was the only child in the family and had, according to himself, a safe and secure childhood.
Lykketoft matriculated in mathematics from
Frederiksberg Gymnasium ,
an upper secondary school, in 1964 and went on to study at the
He was married for the first time in 1967 to librarian Aase Toft. The family lived in Albertslund and was next-door neighbors to his good friend Poul Nyrup Rasmussen and his family. in January 1979 Aase Lykketoft died from an intracranial hemorrhage . He has two children from his first marriage, Maja, born in 1969, and Kit, born in 1972. He also has five grandsons.
Two years after his first wife died he got married for the second time, this time to Helle Mollerup, the ex-wife of Poul Nyrup. In 1986 he divorced Helle Mollerup and later married MP Jytte Hilden. From 1993 to 1997 they were both ministers in the Cabinets of Poul Nyrup Rasmussen (I , II , III ). They divorced in 2004. Since 2005 Lykketoft has been married to author Mette Holm. They have written three books together.
From 1975 to 1981 he was department head in "The Economic Council of the Labour Movement", a Danish think tank made up of trade union leaders and Social Democratic MPs. He had been working at the think tank since 1966.
On January 20, 1981 Prime Minister Anker Jørgensen picked him to be Taxation Minister. He was minister for less than 20 months before the Social Democratic government resigned.
In the 1981 general election he became MP for the
In 1987 he unsuccessfully tried to be kingmaker at the election of a new leader of the Danish Social Democrats. The attempt put him in opposition to the new leader Svend Auken . Five years later he was more successful when his new candidate, Poul Nyrup Rasmussen , challenged and defeated Auken at an extraordinary congress of the Social Democrats.
After the resignation of the Conservative/Liberal government in January 1993 Lykketoft became Finance Minister in the cabinets of Poul Nyrup Rasmussen (I , II , III , IV ). He is the longest serving Finance Minister in modern Danish history. He became Foreign Minister in December 2000 and continued as such until the government lost the general election of 2001 .
After Poul Nyrup resigned Lykketoft was elected Leader of the Social Democrats, a position he held until he failed to unseat the Liberal/Conservative government of Anders Fogh Rasmussen at the general election of 2005 . From 2005 to 2011 he was the Foreign Policy Spokesman for the Social Democratic parliamentary group.
In October 2009 he became member of "the Præsidium of the Folketing"
(the unified leadership of the Danish parliament). And after the
election victory of the Socialist -Social Democrat -Social Liberal
coalition in the 2011 general election he became President of the
As President or Speaker of the
In 2013 Lykketoft was nominated to the position of President of the
During his February 2014 visit to Palestine he did not at the same
time meet with Israeli officials, this made the speaker of the Knesset
Lykketoft said that he was keen to hear both parts in the conflict and he had tried to schedule a meeting with the speaker of the Knesset. But he was told that Edelstein was unable to meet him during his visit. During an interview Lykketoft stated: "There was this Israeli reaction from the spokesman in the foreign ministry that it was kind of diplomatically impolite to go to Palestine without having an arrangement with the Israeli side."
In December 2014 he was asked his opinion about the Swedish
recognition of an independent Palestine state. He answered the
interviewer:"I think the movement in European parliaments and from the
* Editor of "Magtspil og Sikkerhed" (Power Play and Security), 1968 * Editor of "Kravet om lighed" (The Demand for Equality), 1973 * Author of "Skattereform '78?" (Tax Reform '78?), 1978 * Co-author of "Anno 2001 – en socialdemokratisk science fiction" (Anno 2001 – Social Democratic Science Fiction), 1986 * Author of "Sans og samling – en socialdemokratisk krønike" (Sense and Cohesion – A Social Democratic Chronicle), 1994 * Author of "Den danske model – en europæisk succeshistorie" (The Danish Model – a European success story), 2006
* With Mette Holm
* "Kina drager" (China allures), 2006
* "Kina – Kapitalisme med særlige kinesiske kendetegn" (China –
Capitalism the Chinese way), 2008
* ^ "Danish parliament speaker to head UN General Assembly". Global
Post. November 29, 2014. Retrieved December 17, 2014.
* ^ "President Ashe meets with H.E. Mr. Mogens Lykketoft, Speaker
of the Parliament of Denmark". Un.org. June 23, 2014. Retrieved
December 18, 2014.
* ^ "Mogens Lykketoft: I am adopted (in Danish)". B.T. March 31,
2012. Retrieved December 17, 2014.
* ^ "Grandfather with opinions (in Danish)". AOK. October 1, 2012.
Retrieved December 18, 2014.
* ^ A B C "The Man in the Shadows (in danish)". Berlingske Tidende.
November 23, 2002. Retrieved December 17, 2014.
* ^ "Five pieces of the man that almost won (in Danish)".
Information. January 6, 2006. Retrieved December 17, 2014.
* ^ "Lykketoft married in Grenland (in danish)". Berlingske
Tidende. July 26, 2005. Retrieved December 17, 2014.
* ^ "AE\'s english information page". AE. Retrieved December 18,
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