Inuit Ataqatigiit

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Community of the People
Inuit Ataqatigiit
Leader Sara Olsvig[1]
Founded 1976
Headquarters Nuuk, Sermersooq, Greenland
Youth wing Inuit Ataqatigiit Inuusuttaat
Ideology Greenlandic independence[2][3]
Left-wing nationalism
Democratic socialism[4][5]
Political position Left-wing[6]
Nordic affiliation Nordic Green Left Alliance
Colours Red and White
Landsting
11 / 31
Folketing
(Greenland seats)
1 / 2
Website
http://www.ia.gl/
Politics of Greenland
Political parties
Elections

Inuit Ataqatigiit (Greenlandic for "Community of the People") is a leftist and separatist political party in Greenland.[7][8] The party, founded in 1976, was born out of the increased youth radicalism in Denmark during the 1970s. The party strives to make Greenland an independent state.[9]

In the 2005 elections, the party won 22.6% of the popular vote and seven out of 31 seats.[4] Four years later, Inuit Ataqatigiit won a 44% plurality of the popular vote and doubled their share of parliamentary seats to 14 out of 31 seats in the June 2009 elections.[8]

Inuit Ataqatigiit is represented in the Folketing, the Danish parliament, by Sara Olsvig. Kuupik Kleist, its current president, replaced Josef Motzfeldt as president in 2008. In the Danish 2007 and 2011 parliamentary elections, it retained one of Greenland's two seats in the 179-seat Danish Folketing.

Inuit Ataqatigiit made a major electoral breakthrough in the 2009 Greenlandic parliamentary election. Making gains from the 2005 Greenlandic parliamentary election, it doubled its total number of seats in the Parliament from 7 to 14 seats – just two seats short of a majority – and nearly doubled its total vote from 22.4% to 43.7%. It supplanted both its coalition partners, shifting the Forward party from first to second and the Democrats party from second to third.[7][9]

Formerly a left-wing socialist party, it has developed towards supporting privatisation and market economy, believing that an independent Greenland should be competitive.[10]

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Greenland (Inatsiartut)[edit]

Election year # of
overall votes
 % of
overall vote
# of
overall seats won
±
1979 4.4
1983 10.6
1984 12.1
1987 15.3
1991 19.4
1995 20.3
1999 22.1
2002 7,243 25.9
8 / 31
2005 6,517 22.6
7 / 31
Decrease 1
2009 12,457 43.7
14 / 31
Increase 7
2013 10,374 34.4
11 / 31
Decrease 3

Parliament of Denmark (Folketinget)[edit]

Election year # of
overall votes
 % of
overall vote
 % of
Greenlandic vote
# of
overall seats won
# of
Greenlandic seats won
±
1998 4,988 21.4 (#3)
0 / 179
0 / 2
2001 7,172 30.8 (#1)
1 / 179
1 / 2
Increase 1
2005 5,774 25.5 (#2)
1 / 179
1 / 2
Steady 0
2007 8,068 32.5 (#1)
1 / 179
1 / 2
Steady 0
2011 9,780 42.7 (#1)
1 / 179
1 / 2
Steady 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Time campaign". Arctic Journal. 2009-06-03. Retrieved 2014-05-30. 
  2. ^ "Pro-independence party wins Greenland parliament election". Agence France-Presse. The Times of India. 2009-06-03. Retrieved 2009-06-04. 
  3. ^ Parties and Elections in Europe - The database about parliamentary elections and political parties in Europe, by Wolfram Nordsieck
  4. ^ a b "Greenland wakes up to first power shift in 30 years". The Copenhagen Post. 2009-06-03. Retrieved 2009-06-04. 
  5. ^ Parties and Elections in Europe - The database about parliamentary elections and political parties in Europe, by Wolfram Nordsieck
  6. ^ Christina Bergqvist (1 January 1999). Equal Democracies?: Gender and Politics in the Nordic Countries. Nordic Council of Ministers. p. 319. ISBN 978-82-00-12799-4. 
  7. ^ a b "Opposition win Greenland election". BBC News. 2009-06-03. Retrieved 2009-06-04. 
  8. ^ a b Ringstrom, Anna (2009-06-03). "Landslide win for Greenland opposition". Reuters. Retrieved 2009-06-04. 
  9. ^ a b Olsen, Jan M. (2009-06-03). "Left-wing party set to take power in Greenland after winning parliamentary vote". Associated Press. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-06-04. [dead link]
  10. ^ Loukacheva, Natalia (2007). The Arctic Promise: Legal and Political Autonomy of Greenland and Nunavut. University of Toronto Press. p. 61. 

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