Published March 13, 2013
COPENHAGEN, Denmark – 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.