Greenland’s Prime Minister Kim Kielsen has called parliamentary elections for next month, local media reported on Monday.
The country last voted in 2014 when Kielsen’s Siumut party won more than a third of votes. He became prime minister when Aleqa Hammond was forced to resign after a scandal involving spending of public money on hotels and flights, writes Reuters.com.
Greenland is a self-ruling country within the Kingdom of Denmark – together with Denmark and the Faroe Islands – and has a population of about 56,000 people.
Greenland, whose economy is largely dependent on its fishing industry, receives an annual grant from Denmark of around 3.7 billion Danish crowns, about a quarter of its BNP, writes Reuters.com.
In comparison, the Faroe Islands receive an annual grant from Denmark of around 0.6 billion Danish crowns, i.e. less than 5% of its BNP.
The vote for the 31-seat Greenlandic parliament, the Landstinget, is due on April 17 or April 24.
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