Monday 20 November 2017

Inuit woman to be named new Greenland PM

An Inuit woman brought up to skin seals looked set to become Greenland's first female prime minister after a backlash against foreign miners and fears over environmental damage carried her party to election victory.

Aleqa Hammond's Siumut party won 42pc of votes and around 14 seats in the 31-seat parliament, meaning she will need to form a coalition.

Prime Minister Kuupik Kleist won some 34pc of votes.

The opening of the country of 57,000 people to international miners aroused concern among its indigenous Inuit people, many of whom rely on fishing for a living and fear both Chinese exploitation of their mineral resources and the risks of pollution from heavy industries.

Irish Independent

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