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Left wing party wins Greenland election after opposing Australian company’s mine

“We congratulate the Inuit Ataqatigiit (Community of the People’s party) on the election. We are now excited about what the (coalition) negotiations will bring in the coming days,” Jensen said in a statement as quoted by the Danish broadcaster TV2.

Without an absolute majority in the Parliament, the Community of the People’s party is now, however, likely to seek to form a coalition with a group of smaller parties rather than with Jensen’s Forward.

At the heart of the election was a proposed international mining project by Greenland Minerals, an Australia-based company with Chinese ownership, which is seeking a licence to operate the Kvanefjeld mine in southern Greenland.

Apart from uranium, estimates show the Kvanefjeld mine could hold the largest deposit of rare-earth metals outside China, which currently accounts for more than 90 per cent of global production, and that has led to international interest in Greenland’s natural resources.

While the Forward party has taken a cautiously positive stance on the mining project, Community of the People’s Egede reiterated on Wednesday his party’s opposition to the project and urged it to be stopped for environmental reasons.

“We must listen to the voters who are worried. We say no to uranium mining,” Egede said in a statement to KNR.

Election voter turnout wasn’t immediately disclosed.

Greenland, the world’s largest island that is not a continent, has its own government and Parliament, and relies on Denmark for defence, foreign and monetary policies. The island has 56,000 inhabitants, most of them Indigenous Inuit people.

AP, Reuters

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