Finance Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen has become Denmark's new prime minister after newly-named NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen resigned his post Sunday, said reports reaching Stockholm from Copenhagen.
Lars Loekke Rasmussen, who is not related to Anders Fogh Rasmussen, visited Queen Margrethe at the royal palace to have his appointment confirmed.
"It's a big responsibility that I'm taking on, and I know some think it's too big for me. To those people I want to say that I'm going to work hard ... to lead Denmark through the current financial crisis," he told reporters outside the palace.
Lars Loekke Rasmussen, 44, is the deputy leader of the ruling Liberals and has won the backing of their coalition partner, the Conservatives, and of the coalition's ally Danish People's Party.
Analysts in Copenhagen said that Lars Loekke would continue his predecessor's pro-growth, tax-cutting policies and would also inherit the task of leading negotiations for a global climate treaty in Copenhagen in December and steering Denmark through the economic crisis.
Earlier on Sunday, Anders Fogh Rasmussen gave his resignation to the queen. He was appointed NATO secretary-general at a summit of the military alliance on Saturday.