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Aleqa Hammond, Greenland’s prospective new leader via The Independent

Greenland’s first female prime minister?

It looks that way. Aleqa Hammond’s Siumut party won 14 seats in the 31-seat parliament, and she will now seek to form a coalition.

How did she win? And why does it matter?

Greenland has a population of just 57,000 people but it has become a geopolitical battleground of late. It is thought to have huge mineral resources, including uranium and the rare earth metals used to make smartphones. On one hand, it needs money from foreign investors and industry to help the country become independent from Denmark, which currently pays more than half its budget. Ms Hammond, 47, was firmly pro-industry, supporting the lift of a ban on mining radioactive materials, but insisted foreign miners must be subject to heavier taxation.

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  1. norma field says

    And thus, ever so casually, will more people be exposed to radiation hazards. Will anyone protest to safeguard the ban?



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