The social democratic Siumut Party has won Tuesday’s general election in
Greenland, while voters handed the senior coalition party for the past four
years – Inuit Ataqatigiit (IA) – a significant defeat.
Official figures reported by Ritzau show Siumut with 42.8 per cent of the vote
compared to 26.5 per cent at the last election four years ago, while leftist
Inuit Ataqatigiit of incumbent Kuupik Kleist took 34.4 per cent, compared to
43.7 per cent in the 2009 election.
Siumut’s victory was mainly based in outlying regions and smaller settlements,
with the two main parties waiting eagerly for results from the capital.
“All the smaller towns and settlements were overwhelmingly for Siumut, so
everyone was waiting for results from Nuuk,” says Politiken’s reporter in
Greenland Dorrit Saetz. “In Nuuk, IA won. It is still the largest party in
the town,” she adds, saying smaller towns, outlying regions, hunters and
fishermen had decided the outcome.
Siumut’s Leader Aleqa Hammond, who will now be seeking to form a coalition to
become Greenland’s first woman prime minister, said voters had reacted
against the previous government’s methods.
“People were unhappy with the type of leadership,” Hammond says according to
Sermitsiaq adding: “Too much secrecy surrounding raw material projects,
problems for the fishing industry and too little construction outside Nuuk
decided the election”.
Hammond is now to discuss the political situation with her party board before
beginning coalition-forming negotiations with other parties.
While Kleist’s Inuit Ataqatigiit party saw its following drop almost 10 per
cent, other former coalition parties - Kattusseqatigiit Partiiat and the
Democrats also saw their following decimated.
Kattusseqatigiit Partiiat failed to cross the 2 per cent electoral barrier and
the Democrat Party dropped 6.5 percentage points to land on 6.2 per cent.
Turnout among a Greenland electorate of some 40,000 was said to be higher than
at the last election in 2009. Greenland has a population of some 57,000.
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