Greenland votes for new Parliament


Greenland’s roughly 41,000 voters will go to the polls today to elect a new parliament. The last election was in March 2013 but Greenland’s government collapsed on 1st October after Prime Minister Aleqa Hammond took a temporary leave of absence over a spending scandal.

There are 31 seats in the Parliament of Greenland with six parties putting up 192 candidates along with a further two independents.

In 2013 the centre-left Siumut won 14 seats and the left-wing Inuit Ataqatigiit (IA) won 11 seats. Three other parties, the centre-right Solidarity (Atássut), left-wing Inuit Party and centre-right Democrats won two seats apiece.

In this election opinion polls suggest that the current opposition Inuit Ataqatigiit (IA) led by Sara Olsvig will emerge as the largest party with possibly 14 – 16 seats. If they get 16 seats then they will have a majority in parliament, but if they do not get a majority then their most likely coalition partner is the centre-right Democrats.

A new party, Partii Naleraq, founded earlier this year by Hans Enoksen, a former premier and until January a member of Siumut, is threatening to take enough votes to win seats and become a kingmaker.

Greenland is an autonomous country within the Kingdom of Denmark.

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