Representative in the Danish parliament, Mike Villa Fonsesca, calls in sick from his work at the Danish parliament, and at the same time announces that he is withdrawing from his party the Moderates.
He confirms this himself to Danish TV 2.
The reason is that he has broken the party’s ethical guidelines by dating a girl under the age of 18, according to himself.
He does not want to go into the age of the girl herself, but party leader Lars Løkke Rasmussen confirms that the girl is 15 years old, and that the relationship should have started when the girl was in the eighth grade.
– Within the framework of the legislation
The party’s leader Lars Løkke Rasmussen has confirmed that the girl is 15 years old, and that the relationship should have started when the girl was in the eighth grade.
According to point 1.6 of the Moderates’ ethical guidelines, it is not permitted to have sexual intercourse with persons under the age of 18.
– Participation in sexual activities with children (persons under the age of 18) is not permitted. Misunderstanding a child’s age is not a defence, Moderaterna writes in its ethical guidelines.
The minimum sexual age in Denmark is 15, and the politician himself emphasizes that the relationship is within the framework of the legislation.
Fonseca, who is himself 28 years old, is said to have told about the relationship during the Moderates’ group meeting on Tuesday this week, after rumors about the relationship had abounded in social media.
According to information to BT, Fonseca has stated that he has planned to move in with the 15-year-old girl.
Party leader Rasmussen is clear in his speech that Fonseca will not be allowed to return to the party, and says he is speechless over the relationship.
– This is not just about the fact that there is an 18th birthday around the corner, it is a girl who is only 15 years old, and it is a relationship that started when she was in the eighth grade, he says, to Danish TV 2.
According to Fonsesca herself, both the girl and her parents must consent to the relationship.
The Moderates are currently in government with the Liberals and the Social Democrats, with a total of 88 mandates.
As Fonsecas is now withdrawing from the party, that will change. He can take his mandate with him and switch to another party.
If it is not a government party, the government will no longer have a majority.
Rasmussen expresses to TV 2 that he hopes other parties will also close the doors to the Fonsecas.
In Danish BT, the situation is described as a political “bomb”.