Left election victory in Greenland

This is a video about the muskox in Greenland.

After Iceland, there is also an electoral shift to the left in Greenland; with the left party doubling its vote percentage to become the biggest party.

From Associated Press:

Left-wing opposition wins Greenland election

3 June 2009

By JAN M. OLSEN, Associated Press Writer

COPENHAGEN – A left-wing opposition party won Greenland’s parliamentary election and was set to oust the long-governing Social Democrats as the ice-capped island prepares for more autonomy from Denmark, official results showed Wednesday.

The next government will be the first to lead the semiautonomous Danish territory under an expanded home rule agreement that takes effect later this month.

With all districts counted, the left-wing Inuit Ataqatigiit party, or IA, won nearly 44 percent of the vote, doubling its support from the last election four years ago, the election commission said.

The governing Siumut party, in power since 1979, got just over 26 percent, apparently punished by voters in Tuesday’s election for a series of corruption scandals.

With 14 seats, the IA still needs support from smaller parties to have a majority in the 31-member assembly.

“Greenland deserves this,” IA leader Kuupik Kleist told celebrating supporters in Nuuk, Greenland’s capital. He didn’t say which parties he would approach for coalition building but ruled out Premier Hans Enoksen’s Siumut party.

Enoksen called the snap election after Greenlanders decided in a November referendum to loosen ties with Denmark, which has controlled the giant island since the 18th century.

The new arrangement, which takes effect on June 21, will make Greenlandic, an Inuit tongue, the official language and gradually shift control over the local police force, courts and the coast guard to Greenland‘s government.

The plan also sets out new rules for splitting potential oil revenue with Denmark — a key issue in a region where new natural resources could be exposed by melting sea ice and glaciers. Talks with Denmark on implementing the program are set to begin later this month.

Copenhagen, whose subsidies account for two-thirds of the island’s economy, will still control defense and foreign policy and Danish figurehead monarch Queen Margrethe remains the head of state.

More than 70 percent of the 40,000 eligible voters turned out for the election, which was dominated by allegations of nepotism and misuse of public funds.

Several politicians, including top Siumut members, have been found guilty of using public money for private uses. Former Housing Minister Jens Napaattooq was convicted of spending 128,366 kroner ($24,000) in taxpayer money on personal dinners, trips and alcohol, and was sentenced to four months in prison.

The Siumut party was also hurt by an internal power struggle, with Alega Hammond, a former finance minister, trying to oust Enoksen as party leader.

“The figures are, of course, thought-provoking,” Enoksen told the Greenland newspaper AG in response to the election results.

Siumut and its coalition partner Atasut together won 12 seats, losing their majority in the Landsting, or parliament. The center-right Democrats won four seats

Down from seven seats last time.

and the small Kattusseqatigiit Partiiat grabbed the final seat with 4 percent of the votes.

All parties support Greenland’s path toward increasing self-governance.

Greenland became a colony of Denmark in 1775, and was a Danish province from 1953-1979.

See also here.

The Danish government announced last week it would expand its permanent military presence in the Arctic. To advance its claims, the Danish bourgeoisie must secure its control over Greenland and the Faroe Islands, and rebuff the territorial ambitions of its rivals in the region: here.

Greenland demands apology for Danish child experiments: here.

Greenland Vikings had Celtic blood: here.

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