Greenland’s parliament opens its spring session with new leadership

Inuit Ataqatigiit, which won snap elections earlier this month, will rule in a coalition with Naleraq.

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Greenland’s parliament, Inatsisartut, met to open its spring session on Friday, marking just the second time in 40 years that the body has been led by Inuit Ataqatigiit.

IA leader — and now the country’s new prime minister — Mute B. Egede, led a procession from Annaassisitta Oqaluffia (Nuuk Cathedral) to the Inatsisartut chambers to start the session.

The party bested long-time ruling party Siumut in a snap election held earlier this month, after Siumut lost its governing coalition in February, triggering a vote for a new election.

IA won in part by opposing a controversial rare earths and uranium mine at Kuannersuit (also known as Kvanefjeld) in southern Greenland, but has also pledged to fight social ills.

They are joined in a governing coalition with Naleraq, which plans to push for a speedier path for independence from Denmark.