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Den udenrigsminister i Danmark siden 2011. | The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Denmark since 2011.
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Villy Søvndal Biography

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Villy Søvndal (født 4. april 1952) er en dansk politiker og nuværende udenrigsminister, som har repræsenteret Socialistisk Folkeparti i Folketinget fra 1994. Han blev valgt til landsformand for partiet ved en urafstemning i 2005, hvor han afløste Holger K. Nielsen. Efter hans tiltræden gav meningsmålinger længe SF stadigt stigende tilslutning, og ved folketingsvalget 2007 opnåede partiet over 13 % af stemmerne (23 mandater i Folketinget). I den efterfølgende valgperiode viste meningsmålinger længe yderligere fremgang – op til 17-18 % – men folketingsvalget 2011 resulterede ikke desto mindre i betragtelig tilbagegang til 9% af stemmerne og bare 16 mandater i Folketinget.

 

Biografi

Villy Søvndal blev født 4. april 1952 i byen Linde i Struer Kommune som søn af husmand Peter Søvndal og dennes kone Agnes. Han gik i Linde Skole 1959-1966 og fortsatte sin skolegang på Nørrelandsskolen i Holstebro de følgende tre år, som han afsluttede med en realeksamen i 1969. Han tog hf-eksamen på Nørre Nissum Seminarium i 1971 og gik 1971-1973 på Vestbirk Musikhøjskole. I 1976 begyndte Søvndal at studere til lærer på Kolding Seminarium. Han blev færdig i 1980 og var 1980-1992 ansat som folkeskolelærer ved Kolding skolevæsen.

 

I perioden op til folketingsvalget 2011 knækkede kurven imidlertid markant, og valgresultatet med 16 mandater var særdeles skuffende, uanset partiet for første gang opnåede del i regeringsmagten. Fredag den 7. september 2012 offentliggjorde Villy Søvndal, at han ville trække sig tilbage som formand, for at den nye formand skulle have tid til at sætte sig solidt i stolen. På dette tidspunkt sagde meningsmålinger, at SF ville få blot 11 mandater. Lørdag den 13. oktober 2012 vandt Annette Vilhelmsen over Astrid Krag i kampen om formandsposten.

 

Personlige forhold

Han har været gift med Laila Rifbjerg, som han har tre børn med. I en årrække levede han sammen med partifællen Pernille Frahm, men i 2007 genoptog han samlivet med sine børns mor, og i 2008 blev parret på ny gift. Genforeningen varede dog kun til 2010, hvor Villy Søvndal for anden gang blev skilt fra Laila Rifbjerg. Den 23. november 2011 kom det frem, at Villy Søvndal i al hemmelighed er blevet gift for tredje gang med den 18 år yngre Heidi Perto.

 

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Villy Søvndal (born 4 April 1952) is a Danish politician and Minister for Foreign Affairs in the government of Denmark since October 2011. Søvndal, a member of the Danish Parliament since 1994, was the leader of the Socialist People's Party from 2005 until September 2012.

 

Taking over the leadership of the party in 2005 from Holger K. Nielsen, Søvndal has been the leading figure in the change of profile for the party towards a more centrist stance. This change has led to a steady increase in its support, culminating in the 2007 election, when the party more than doubled its representation in parliament, going from 11 to 23 seats. In the September 2011 election, the parties of the left won a majority—although the Socialist People's Party itself lost seven seats—and Helle Thorning-Schmidt was designated Prime Minister. Søvndal successfully led the party's negotiations to form a government that included six ministers from the Socialist People's Party, with himself as Minister for Foreign Affairs. This marks the first time in Danish parliamentary history that the Socialist People's Party has been part of the government.

 

Political career

Søvndal has himself ascribed his political commitment to experiences in his youth as a backpacker in Latin America and Eastern Europe. Villy Søvndal became a member of parliament in 1994 where he became party spokesman on defence and social politics. Before he became a member of parliament he served as a city councillor in Kolding where he was chairman of the social committee for many years.

 

Søvndal was elected as party chairman in 2005, replacing Holger K. Nielsen. Since he became chairman, his party has experienced an almost constant rise in the opinion polls and in the 2007 election the Socialist People's Party gained 13% of the vote and 23 seats in parliament compared to the 11 seats they had before.

 

In March and February 2008 a lot of attention was focused on Søvndal and his party after he had released harsh statements on anti-democratic Islamist organisations in Denmark on his blog. For several weeks the party were doing better than the Social Democrats in the polls and other polls showed that Søvndal was seen as the leader of the opposition by more people than the social democratic leader Helle Thorning-Schmidt.

 

Today the main political strategy of Villy Søvndal and the Socialist People's Party is to form a coalition cabinet with the Social Democrats and the Social Liberal Party with Helle Thorning-Schmidt as prime minister. Some critics both inside and outside the party accuse Søvndal of having moved his party too far to the centre to achieve this goal. However, he remained unchallenged as chairman until his resignation in September 2012.

 

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11.3.09

updated: 2013-01-08

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