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Legislative in Greenland: a controversial mining project undermined by the victory of environmentalists

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While a new mining project is causing a heated controversy in Greenland, the environmental left, opposed to this exploitation, came largely in the lead Tuesday in the early legislative elections.

Victory for the environmental left in Greenland. After weeks of heated debate around the exploitation of rare earths and uranium in the Danish Autonomous Territory, the Inuit party Ataqatigiit (IA), opposed to a controversial mining project, came by far ahead in the early parliamentary elections.

With 36.6% of the vote, this environmentalist left party, until now in the opposition, achieved the best score with a jump of more than eleven points compared to the last elections of 2018, according to the almost complete count towards 4 12:30 p.m. local time (6:30 a.m. GMT).

Openly opposed to the exploitation of the uranium and rare earths deposit of Kuannarsuit at the southern tip of the territory, IA intends to stop the project which is at the origin of the early holding of the poll, by triggering a political crisis in February.

“Thank you to the people who trusted us to work with the human at the center for the next four years,” its leader, Mute Egede, told Greenlandic television KNR after the results were announced.

The party is ahead of Siumut (29.4%), a social democratic group which has dominated the political life of Danish territory since autonomy in 1979 and led the outgoing local government.

IA is expected to win 12 of the 31 seats in Inatsisartut, the local parliament, according to projections, up from 8 so far.

In search of a coalition

Siumut, which is in favor of the Kuannarsuit mining project in southern Greenland, would get 10 seats, one more than in the previous term, with a better-than-expected score, up two points compared to 2018.

Its leader, Erik Jensen, congratulated IA on his victory, saying that his rival had become “the biggest party” and could therefore claim the post of prime minister.

Without an absolute majority, the most likely scenario now is for IA to ally with one or two small formations to form a coalition.

On television, Mute Egede announced that he would immediately start talks to “study the different forms of cooperation” before the formation of a government coalition.

At 34, this deputy elected since 2015 took the reins of the left-green formation a little over two years ago. He is set to become the youngest prime minister in the world, even if he is not a full-fledged head of government.

With AFP

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