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Inuit Ataqatigiit

Inuit Ataqatigiit (Greenlandic for "Community of the People") is a democratic socialist, separatist political party in Greenland[6][7] striving to make Greenland an independent state.[8] The party, founded in 1976, was born out of the increased youth radicalism in Denmark during the 1970s. Formerly in favour of a socialist economy the party has gradually moved towards a capitalist approach supporting a market economy and privatisation.[9] It believes that an independent Greenland should be competitive.[10]

Community of the People

Inuit Ataqatigiit
LeaderMúte Bourup Egede [1]
Founded1976
HeadquartersNuuk, Greenland
Youth wingInuit Ataqatigiit Inuusuttaat
IdeologyGreenlandic independence[2][3]
Democratic socialism[3][4]
Left-wing nationalism
Political positionLeft-wing[5]
Nordic affiliationNordic Green Left Alliance
ColoursRed and white
Inatsisartut
8 / 31
Municipalities
26 / 73
Folketing
(Greenland seats)
1 / 2
Website
www.ia.gl

In 1982, the party successfully campaigned in a national referendum for Greenland to leave the European Economic Community (EEC).

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.[6][8] At the 2014 elections the party obtained 11 members in the Greenlandic parliament.[11]

Election resultsEdit

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
  2
1984 2,732 12.1 (#3)
3 / 25
  1
1987 3,823 15.3 (#3)
3 / 26
  0
1991 4,848 19.4 (#3)
5 / 27
  2
1995 5,180 20.3 (#3)
6 / 31
  1
1999 6,214 22.1 (#3)
7 / 31
  1
2002 7,244 25.3 (#2)
8 / 31
  1
2005 6,517 22.6 (#3)
7 / 31
  1
2009 12,457 43.7 (#1)
14 / 31
  7
2013 10,374 34.4 (#2)
11 / 31
  3
2014 9,783 33.2 (#2)
11 / 31
  0
2018 7,478 25.5 (#2)
8 / 31
  3

Parliament of the Kingdom of Denmark (Folketinget)*Edit

Election year votes % of Greenlandic vote Greenlandic seats won ±
1984 2,972 13.9 (#3)
0 / 2
New
1987 2,001 12.5 (#3)
0 / 2
  0
1988 3,628 17.3 (#3)
0 / 2
  0
1990 3,281 17.0 (#3)
0 / 2
  0
1998 4,988 21.4 (#3)
0 / 2
  0
2001 7,172 30.8 (#1)
1 / 2
  1
2005 5,774 25.5 (#2)
1 / 2
  0
2007 8,068 32.5 (#1) (tied with Siumut)
1 / 2
  0
2011 9,780 42.7 (#1)
1 / 2
  0
2015 7,904 38.5 (#1)
1 / 2
  0
2019 6,881 33.4 (#1)
1 / 2
  0
  • In the 1994 Danish general election, an independent won a seat in the Danish Parliament, but the Inuit Ataqatigiit party didn't seem to contest[clarify] that particular election.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Egede, Múte. "Sermitsiaq". Retrieved 1 August 2019.
  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 Nordsieck, Wolfram (2018). "Greenland/Denmark". Retrieved 27 September 2018.
  4. ^ "Greenland wakes up to first power shift in 30 years". The Copenhagen Post. 2009-06-03. Archived from the original on 2009-06-08. Retrieved 2009-06-04.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ a b "Opposition win Greenland election". BBC News. 2009-06-03. Retrieved 2009-06-04.
  7. ^ Ringstrom, Anna (2009-06-03). "Landslide win for Greenland opposition". Reuters. Retrieved 2009-06-04.
  8. ^ 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]
  9. ^ https://arbejderen.dk/artikel/2007-08-02/ia-i-et-gr-nland-p-vej-mod-selvstyre
  10. ^ Loukacheva, Natalia (2007). The Arctic Promise: Legal and Political Autonomy of Greenland and Nunavut. University of Toronto Press. p. 61.
  11. ^ Valg.gl

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