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Mona Juul appointed leader of Danish Conservative Party after tragedy

In an emotional and historic event, Mona Juul was officially appointed as the leader of The Conservatives on Sunday, taking on the role of political leader following the tragic death of Søren Pape Poulsen. The election, which took place during an extraordinary national council at MCH Herning Congress Center, was uncontested, highlighting the unity and support Juul enjoys within the party. Mona Juul, who has previously established herself as a strong political figure within the party, is now leading The Conservatives through a transitional period marked by grief and renewal.

In her first speech as leader, Juul addressed the pain and loss left by Pape’s sudden passing, both personally and throughout the party. “I will do my best. But to do my best, I have to start with the worst,” Juul said, referring to the heavy legacy and big shoes she has to fill after Pape. She described the late leader as a person whose absence still feels present and painful, emphasizing the importance of remembering and honoring his memory as the party looks towards the future.

During the national council, a number of tribute speeches and musical performances were held in honor of Pape, with, among others, the leader of the Socialist People’s Party (SF), Pia Olsen Dyhr, taking part with moving words. With Juul at the helm, The Conservatives are now tasked with navigating a time where political stability and continuity are more necessary than ever.

The party faces the challenge of rebuilding and renewing itself while also maintaining the values and policies that Pape strongly advocated for. Mona Juul’s leadership will undoubtedly be tested in the coming months, but her initial steps as leader have already shown a willingness to both honor the past and courageously look towards future opportunities for The Conservatives.

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