Greenland’s Prime Minister Kuupik Kleist has announced general elections in
Greenland for March 12.
Rumours of a pending announcement began on Wednesday when Kleist called a news
conference without naming any particular subject. Elections had to be called
before June 2 this year.
Greenland’s current government is a coalition of Kleist’s socialist Inuit
Ataqatigiit (IA) party, the social liberal Democrats and the centrist
independent Candidate League.
The election comes at a time when Greenland is embroiled in controversy
surrounding a new Large-scale Law which has been carried by the Greenland
legislature and is designed to open up large-scale mining activities to
The law, which would allow companies investing more than DKK5 billion in
Greenland to carry on their activities under favourable conditions, must be
sanctioned by the Folketing in Copenhagen in order for it to come into
The Folketing is due to debate the law soon, but Denmark’s Liberal Party has
suggested a time-out on introducing the law in order for more extensive
discussions on the issue to take place. The Danish Social Democratic-led
government has said that it supports the Greenland move.
The March 12 election pits Kleist’s coalition against an opposition of the
Social Democratic Siumut Party and the Liberal Attasut Party as well as a
new centrist party – Partii Inuit, which is calling for a referendum on the
Large-scale Law before it can come into effect.
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