Greenlandic general election, 2013

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Greenlandic general election, 2013
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All 31 seats in the Parliament of Greenland.
16 seats needed for a majority
Turnout 74.2% [1]
  First party Second party Third party
  Aleqa Hammond Kuupik Kleist Mangler
Leader Aleqa Hammond Kuupik Kleist Gerhardt Petersen
Party Siumut Inuit Ataqatigiit Atassut
Last election 26.5% 43.7% 10.9%
Seats before 9 14 3
Seats won 14 11 2
Seat change Increase5 Decrease3 Decrease1
Popular vote 12,910 10,374 2,454
Percentage 42.8% 34.4% 8.1%
Swing Increase16.3% Decrease9.5% Decrease2.8%

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
  Mangler Jens B Frederiksen Mangler
Leader Nikku Olsen Jens B. Frederiksen Anthon Frederiksen
Party Inuit Democrats Association
Leader since 24 January 2013[2]
Last election N/A 12.7% 3.8%
Seats before New party 4 1
Seats won 2 2 0
Seat change Increase2 Decrease2 Decrease1
Popular vote 1,930 1,870 326
Percentage 6.4% 6.2% 1.1%
Swing Increase6.4% Decrease6.5% Decrease2.7%

Prime Minister before election

Kuupik Kleist
Inuit Ataqatigiit

Elected Prime Minister

Aleqa Hammond

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General elections were held in Greenland on 12 March 2013.[3] The opposition Siumut party emerged as the largest in Parliament, winning 14 of the 31 seats.[4] On 26 March Siumut leader Aleqa Hammond became Greenland's first female Prime Minister.[4][5]

Electoral system[edit]

The 31 members of Parliament were elected by proportional representation in multi-member constituencies.[6] In Nuuk there was just one polling station.[3]


The main campaign issue was exploitation of the island's mineral wealth.[3] The ruling Inuit Ataqatigiit party supported allowing foreign workers, most of whom would be Chinese, into the country to work in the mining industry, whilst the Siumut party was opposed to the proposal.[3] Rare-earth elements were of particular concern.[7]


Party Votes % Seats +/–
Siumut 12,910 43.22 14 +5
Inuit Ataqatigiit 10,374 34.73 11 –3
Atassut 2,454 8.21 2 –1
Inuit Party 1,930 6.46 2 New
Democrats 1,870 6.26 2 –2
Association of Candidates 326 1.09 0 –1
Independents 9 0.03 0
Invalid/blank votes 263
Total 30,136 100 31 0
Registered voters/turnout 40,613 74.20
Source: Election Passport, Parties & Elections

Government formation[edit]

Following the election results, Siumut leader Aleqa Hammond claimed that she was "in no hurry to form a coalition" and would wait to hear the demands of the other parties.[8] Hammond ultimately formed a government with Atassut and the Inuit Party.[5] Siumut took six of the eight cabinet posts, with Solidarity taking the Health and Infrastructure portfolio and the Inuit Party taking the Environment portfolio.[5]