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Greenland’s election winner: We have been given the helm to govern the country


Election winner Múte Bourup Egede thanks the voters and will now begin negotiations to form a government.

Chairman of the party Inuit Ataqatigiit (IA) Múte Bourup Egede, who became the Greenlandic election’s big winner, thanked the voters in Greenland on Wednesday morning.

The party has now been given the helm “to rule the country for the next four years”, he tells KNR.

– Thank you all. Thank you for your trust. Now you have given us the helm to rule the country for the next four years, says the party chairman.

In the election to Inatsisartut, Greenland’s parliament, IA became the largest party, and the party must therefore now try to form a government.

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Múte Bourup Egede himself also became the election’s big vote-getter. He received 3380 personal votes, while number two, Siumut’s Kim Kielsen, received 1841 votes.

During a party leadership round at KNR, the IA chairman said Wednesday morning that a cup of coffee must be drunk before he must try to form a government.

– We start with a cup of coffee, and from there we will take the various steps to begin negotiations, and then we must look at the various opportunities for cooperation. And we must see how broad a coalition it will be, he said according to DR.

16 seats are required for a majority. With 36.6 percent of the vote, IA won 12 seats.

IA has not expressed in advance who the party will seek to form a government with.

But one possibility is the Naleraq party, which became the third largest party and won 4 seats.

If the IA succeeds in forming a government, it will be only the second time since 1979 that Siumut has not headed the Naalakkersuisut, the Self-Government. IA led the government from 2009 to 2013.

Chairman of Siumut Erik Jensen congratulated the victory during the party leadership round IA.

– We congratulate the Inuit Ataqatigiit on the election. Now we are excited about what the negotiations will bring in the coming days, said Erik Jensen to Múte Bourup Egede.

/ ritzau /

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