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]
Social liberalism[4]
Left-wing nationalism
Formerly:
Democratic socialism[3][5]
Political position Left-wing[6]
Nordic affiliation Nordic Green Left Alliance
Colours Red and white
Inatsisartut
11 / 31
Municipalities
18 / 70
Folketing
(Greenland seats)
1 / 2
Website
http://www.ia.gl/

Inuit Ataqatigiit (Greenlandic for "Community of the People") is a social liberal separatist political party in Greenland[7][8] striving to make Greenland an independent state.[9] The party, founded in 1976, was born out of the increased youth radicalism in Denmark during the 1970s. Formerly a left-wing socialist party, it has developed towards supporting privatisation and market economy. It believes that an independent Greenland should be competitive.[4]

Inuit Ataqatigiit is represented in the Folketing (the Danish parliament) by Sara Olsvig, who is also the leader of the party.

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 out of 31 – just two seats short of a majority – and nearly doubled its total vote share 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] At the 2014 elections the party obtained 11 members in the Greenlandic parliament.[10]

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Greenland (Inatsiartut)[edit]

Election year # of
overall votes
 % of
overall vote
# of
overall seats won
±
1979 813 4.4 (#4)
0 / 21
New
1983 2,612 10.6 (#3)
2 / 26
Increase 2
1984 2,732 12.1 (#3)
3 / 25
Increase 1
1987 3,823 15.3 (#3)
3 / 26
Steady 0
1991 4,848 19.4 (#3)
5 / 27
Increase 2
1995 5,180 20.3 (#3)
6 / 31
Increase 1
1999 6,214 22.1 (#3)
7 / 31
Increase 1
2002 7,244 25.3 (#2)
8 / 31
Increase 1
2005 6,517 22.6 (#3)
7 / 31
Decrease 1
2009 12,457 43.7 (#1)
14 / 31
Increase 7
2013 10,374 34.4 (#2)
11 / 31
Decrease 3
2014 9,783 33.2 (#2)
11 / 31
Steady 0

Parliament of Denmark (Folketinget)*[edit]

Election year # of
overall votes
 % of
overall vote
 % of
Greenlandic vote
# of
overall seats won
# of
Greenlandic seats won
±
1984 2,972 13.9 (#3)
0 / 179
0 / 2
New
1987 2,001 12.5 (#3)
0 / 179
0 / 2
Steady 0
1988 3,628 17.3 (#3)
0 / 179
0 / 2
Steady 0
1990 3,281 17.0 (#3)
0 / 179
0 / 2
Steady 0
1998 4,988 21.4 (#3)
0 / 179
0 / 2
Steady 0
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) (Tied with the Siumut party)
1 / 179
1 / 2
Steady 0
2011 9,780 42.7 (#1)
1 / 179
1 / 2
Steady 0
2015 7,904 38.5 (#1)
1 / 179
1 / 2
Steady 0
  • In the Danish general election, 1994, an independent won a seat in the Danish Parliament, but the Inuit Ataqatigiit party didn't seem to contest[clarify] that particular election.

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. ^ a b Parties and Elections in Europe - The database about parliamentary elections and political parties in Europe, by Wolfram Nordsieck
  4. ^ a b Loukacheva, Natalia (2007). The Arctic Promise: Legal and Political Autonomy of Greenland and Nunavut. University of Toronto Press. p. 61. 
  5. ^ "Greenland wakes up to first power shift in 30 years". The Copenhagen Post. 2009-06-03. Retrieved 2009-06-04. 
  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. ^ 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. ^ Valg.gl

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