Danish parliamentary elections: the Prime Minister will submit the resignation of her government
Eva Deschamps / November 2, 2022
Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen will tender the resignation of her government, she announced Wednesday morning to members of her party, the Social Democrats.
With a narrow majority of one seat, Frederiksen does not rule out the possibility of forming a broad-based government with several parties across the political spectrum.
A broad-based government is a rare form of governance in the country, but Frederiksen believes it would be the right approach, given the current crisis. The Prime Minister also said it was very likely that there would no longer be a “majority in its current form” in the government.
While the Social Democrats won a majority by one seat, they received 27.5 per cent of the vote, their best result in 20 years.
In all likelihood, Mette Frederiksen will be responsible for forming a new government.
China sends its first civilian astronaut into space
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China to send its first civilian into space on Tuesday
Steph Deschamps / June 1, 2023
On Tuesday, China will send a civilian astronaut into space for the first time in its history on a manned mission to the Tiangong space station, the China Human Spaceflight Agency announced.
This astronaut, Gui Haichao, a “payload specialist”, is “a professor at the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics”, Lin Xiqiang, spokesman for the space agency, told a press conference on Monday.
Until now, all Chinese astronauts who have launched into space have been members of the People’s Liberation Army.
Mr. Gui will be “mainly responsible for in-orbit management of payloads” dedicated to space science experiments, the spokesman said.
The civilian astronaut will orbit alongside Shenzhou-16 mission commander Jing Haipeng and astronaut Zhu Yangzhu.
The crew is due to take off from the Jiuquan launch base in northwest China at 09:31 local time, according to the space agency.
Projects linked to China’s “space dream” are multiplying under the presidency of Xi Jinping.
The Asian giant has been investing billions of euros in its military-led space program for several decades, enabling it to make up most of the ground lost to the Americans and Russians.
China sent its first astronaut into space in 2003, and its Tiangong (“Celestial Palace”) space station has been fully operational since late 2022. In 2019, a Chinese spacecraft landed on the far side of the Moon. Then, in 2021, China landed a small robot on the surface of Mars. China plans to send its first crew to the Moon by 2029.