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In Denmark, legislative power rests with the parliament. MPs are elected for four years. There are 179 MPs, including two each for Greenland and the Faroe Islands. As a constitutional monarchy, the legislative branch, the executive branch and the judicial branch share power.
The Constitution attributes the ultimate authority of appointing and dismissing the Prime Minister and ministers to the Monarch. Responsibility for legislation is delegated to the respective ministers, who sign bills together with the Monarch. Consent of the Parliament and the Monarch is required for international treaties; obligations whose implementation requires sustained support of the Parliament or that are otherwise of ‘great importance’ to Denmark.
The last elections to the national parliament were held in June 2015 and the next one is scheduled for 2019.