Greenland’s main opposition party has won an election which could have major consequences for international interests in the Arctic.
The left-wing Inuit Ataqatigiit, which opposes a mining project in southern Greenland, secured 37% of votes.
Its leader said on Wednesday that the Kvanefjeld mine, home to major deposits of rare minerals, would not go ahead.
The social-democratic Siumut party came second, having been in power for all but four years since 1979.
Inuit Ataqatigiit, an indigenous party with a strong environmental focus, will now seek to form a government.
Greenland is a vast autonomous arctic territory that belongs to Denmark. Although it has a population of just 56,000, the result of the election has been closely followed internationally.
Greenland’s economy relies on fishing and subsidies from the Danish government, but as a result of melting ice, mining opportunities are increasing.