One of the Danish People's Party's most influential figures has called for it to topple the minority centre-right government of Lars Løkke Rasmussen in a bid to force through a temporary ban on Islamic immigration.

Søren Krarup, the priest regarded as the party's chief ideologue, said he supported the call made on Thursday by the party's deputy leader Søren Espersen for a total ban on immigration from Muslim countries for a period of 4-6 years, and believed that the best way to achieve this was to withdraw support from the government.

"In my opinion, the Danish People's Party should topple the [Lars] Løkke [Rasmussen] government without reflection," Krarup told Denmark's Berlingske newspaper. "Løkke is a completely unqualified leader, who would rather cultivate a European supra-nationalism than to treat Denmark as a Christian country with our own historical context."

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