Nunatsiaq Online
NEWS: Around the Arctic September 16, 2011 - 6:05 am

Denmark moves left on Sept. 15

Greenland elects two young women to Denmark's parliament

NUNATSIAQ NEWS
Sara Olsvig and Doris Jakobsen will represent Greenland in Denmark's parliament, voters in Greenland determined Sept. 15. (PHOTO BY BENNY KOKHOLM, COURTESY OF SERMITSIAQ/AG)
Sara Olsvig and Doris Jakobsen will represent Greenland in Denmark's parliament, voters in Greenland determined Sept. 15. (PHOTO BY BENNY KOKHOLM, COURTESY OF SERMITSIAQ/AG)

Danish opposition leader Helle Thorning-Schmidt scored a historic victory Thursday at the helm of a left-leaning bloc and was set to take over as the country’s first female premier.

With 99 per cent of the votes tallied, the left-leaning opposition bloc was on 89 seats compared with the government’s 86. The result ended the center-right government’s 10 years in office.

Thorning-Schmidt succeeds Lars Lokke Rasmussen. Rasmussen said he would hand in his resignation Friday to Queen Margrethe.

Greenland will send two young women to represent Greenland in Denmark’s parliament: Sara Olsvig from the Inuit Ataqatigiit party and Doris Jakobsen from the Siumut Party.

These two were the front-runners in a field of 16 candidates in which the left-wing IA candidates took nearly 50 per cent of the total vote, up from 33.3 per cent in the 2007 election.

with files from Postmedia and Sermitsiaq

Email this story to a friend... Print this page... Bookmark and Share

 THIS WEEK’S ADS

 ADVERTISING


        


Custom Search