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Pro-mining opposition wins Greenland election

Wednesday - 3/13/2013, 7:36am  ET

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- An opposition centrist party that favors tapping Greenland's underground mineral wealth appears poised to win the Arctic country's parliamentary election.

With some three-fourths of the votes counted, incumbent Premier Kuupik Kleist has conceded defeat in the battle for control of the 31-seat Parliament.

A preliminary vote count early Wednesday showed Aleqa Hammond's centrist Siumut party winning nearly 43 percent of the votes, while Kleist's left-leaning Inuit Ataqatigiit mustered only 30 percent.

Hammond would become Greenland's first female head of government if she is able to form a coalition.

Many Greenlanders want to use the island's mineral resources, including uranium, as a way to reduce dependency on Denmark. Developing a mining industry, however, would require inviting thousands of guest workers, a sensitive topic among the population of 57,000.


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