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Rasmussen formally hands in resignation at prime minister

Anders Fogh RasmussenCopenhagen  - Newly-designated NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen formally handed in his resignation Sunday as prime minister to Danish Queen Margrethe II.

Rasmussen, 56, is to be succeeded by his namesake, 44-year-old Finance Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen, as head of the government.

The formal resignation comes a day after the NATO summit in Strasbourg chose Rasmussen as alliance's next secretary general to succeed outgoing NATO chief Jaap de Hoop Scheffer. Rasmussen would take over his NATO post on August 1.

Rasmussen to resign as Danish prime minister

Rasmussen to resign as Danish prime minister

Rasmussen chosen as NATO chief - report

Anders Fogh RasmussenCopenhagen - NATO leaders reached a deal Saturd

Danish premier leaves for NATO summit, confirms interest in top job

Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh RasmussenCopenhagen  - Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Friday held meetings with his cabinet and confirmed he was a candidate for new NATO secretary general, Danish media reported.

After the meetings, the premier left for a summit of the defence alliance, but did not met the press.

Rasmussen, who has been premier since 2001, has been mentioned as a favourite to become the new secretary general of NATO. However, Turkey has expressed opposition to his appointment.

Report: Denmark's Rasmussen officially interested in NATO post

Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh RasmussenBrussels/Copenhagen  - Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen, 56, has officially thrown his hat into the ring for the position of NATO secretary general, Danish media reported Thursday.

According to the newspaper Politiken, Rasmussen made his announcement at a meeting of NATO ambassadors on the eve of a NATO summit in Germany and France to celebrate the defence alliance's 60th anniversary.

Turkey opposes Rasmussen's candidacy, which means the heads of NATO countries will have to deliberate on the decision during the summit.

Denmark lowers lending rate to 2 per cent

Denmark lowers lending rate to 2 per cent Copenhagen - Denmark's central bank Thursday lowered its lending rate by 0.25 percentage points to 2 per cent, citing an earlier move by the European Central Bank (ECB).

The Danish rates cut was effective as of Friday, the Danish central bank said. The Danish central bank said the discount rate and the current account rate would also be lowered by 25 basis points to 1.75 per cent as of Friday.

The ECB on Thursday trimmed its benchmark refinancing rate to an historic low of 1.25 per cent on Thursday.

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