Alexa
  • Directory of Taiwan

Shrimp dispute splits Greenland's governing coalition

Shrimp dispute splits Greenland's governing coalition

Greenland Premier Hans Enoksen named two new Cabinet members on Tuesday after ousting a left-wing party from the coalition government in a dispute over shrimp fishing.
The posts were left vacant Monday when Enoksen dismissed two members of Inuit Ataqatigiit, or IA, from the government of the semiautonomous Danish territory.
Lars-Emil Johansen, a former prime minister and member of Enoksen's social democratic Siumut party, was tapped as finance minister while Aqqalo Abelsen of the right-leaning Atassut party was named health minister.
The two parties have a majority in the 31-seat Landsting assembly and would continue governing, Enoksen said. The coalition has been in power since November 2005.
The coalition split after IA called for tightening the rules on Greenland's fishing industry, to prevent overfishing of shrimp _ a key export from the ice-capped island.
The two other parties _ Enoksen's Siumut party and the right-leaning Atassut party _ opposed the plan, fearing it could harm exports and lead to job cuts in the fishing industry.
Greenland, whose population is mainly Inuit, became a Danish colony in 1775. It was later turned into a Danish province from 1953 to 1979, and has since had autonomy except in defense and foreign policy, which are still under Danish control.


Updated : 2021-08-05 10:27 GMT+08:00