In an about turn on its previous position, Denmark's governing Venstre (Liberal) party has announced that it now supports removing a blasphemy paragraph from the country's law code.

The change of stance by the party, the largest in the coalition government, means that the paragraph will probably be abolished in parliament Friday, reports DR.

The contentious, 151-year-old law criminalises acts such as burning the Qur'an or Bible.

But Venstre has now turned back on its previous position against abolishing the paragraph.

"We have agreed that we support the proposal to abolish the blasphemy paragraph from criminal law," the party's political spokesperson Jakob Ellemann-Jensen said to DR Tuesday.

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