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PORTRAIT: 34-year-old socialist became the big winner in the Greenlandic election

Mine opponent Múte Egede took the most personal votes and can become Greenland’s youngest county council chairman.

The party Inuit Ataqatigiit (IA) has, with chairman Múte Bourup Egede at the helm, become Greenland’s largest party. In the election to Greenland’s county council, which was held on Tuesday, the party received 36.6 percent of the vote.

The 34-year-old chairman can thus stand to become Greenland’s youngest county council chairman to date, if the left-wing party IA receives overall support to form a government in the coming government negotiations.

He is also the one who has received the most personal votes in this election. A total of 3380 Greenlanders have put their cross by him. And then, in the election, he has secured his party an increase of over ten percentage points.

Múte Bourup Egede has studied cultural and social history at the University of Greenland. He did not complete the training when he took over a family-owned business in 2013.

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He has been a politician in Inatsisartut, the Greenlandic parliament, since 2015, where he has also held ministerial posts.

From 2016 to 2018, he was Minister of Raw Materials, while for a period of three months in 2017, he was acting Minister of Municipalities, Settlements, Suburbs, Infrastructure and Housing.

During his tenure as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Múte was criticized for not declaring himself incompetent in cases where he, as Minister, attended meetings and voted to add money to a profession in which his own company was involved.

Something he later defended by saying he had been open about his duties. And that he had received permission for it from a special committee in the Greenlandic parliament.

Múte took over the chairmanship of IA in 2018, after former chairwoman Sara Olsvig resigned shortly after the last election.

Since then, he has had to learn to be a leader and build up the party organization.

This is what Rasmus Leander Nielsen, assistant professor at the Department of Society, Economics and Journalism at Ilisimatusarfik, University of Greenland, says.

– He has driven quietly in position. The election result shows that he has a very legitimate support that it is he who will lead Greenland in the future, he says.

Múte Bourup Egede grew up in Narsaq in southern Greenland. He has thus had his childhood a few kilometers from the area that has been disputed in the election: Kvanefjeld. And the question of whether Greenland should open up for drilling and mining.

With the election victory, the otherwise planned mining project will most likely be kicked to the corner. Múte and IA are fierce opponents of the project, which they believe will compromise the nature of South Greenland.

/ ritzau /

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