Kim Kielsen's position as country chairman is under threat
Photo of National Chairman Kim Kielsen taken from his New Year's speechA majority of Inatsisartut's Siumut group in a press release late Monday demanded Naalakkersuisut chairman Kim Kielsen step down. This is what the Greenlandic newspaper Sermitsiaq writes early Tuesday morning. Seven members of the Greenland Parliament in a press release thirsday morning have stated that they have lost their confidence in Kim Kielsen, the chairman of the Greenlandic Self Rule Government. Kim Kielsen is the chairman of one of Greenland's major parties, Siumut. More than two months ago, seven parliamentarians sent a letter to Kielsen urging him to be more open and involve them more closely in the political decision-making process.
The seven parliamentarians are urging Kielsen to resign, both as the country's chairman and party chairman. The party group in parliament, including Kielsen itself, consists of ten members. Thus, a majority in Kielsen's own party group apparently demands his departure. The reason for the dramatic announcement is that more than two months ago, the seven MPs sent a letter asking Kielsen to become more involved in the political decision-making process. They asked for a meeting aimed at improving cooperation in the party group of the Greenlandic parliament, Inatsisartut.
- “Siumut has been in a very difficult situation for the last longer period. The President has shown disrespectful behavior towards Inatsisartut members and not least the voters, as he has no will to listen. It's not sustainable, they say in a press release. "
Fish and whale quotasIn Sermitsiaq, the Greenlandic newspaper, writes:
“The following promises were cited as examples in the letter:
On December 6, 2018, Naalakkersuisut chose to raise the halibut quota of 2,035 tonnes. The entire additional quota was allocated to Royal Greenland, although the Naalakkersuisut Coalition Agreement of 2017 stipulates that Naalakkersuisut will prioritize local fishermen and that Naalakkersuisut will prioritize young people who will start a fishing industry. The Naalakkersuisut set a quota on narwhales on January 10, 2019. However, when the quota was quickly used up, several politicians demanded that the Naalakkersuisut give extra quotas to prisoners, which Naalakkersuisut rejected. During a Question Time on May 29, 2019, the President of Naalakkersuisut stated that the quota for narwhal should not be raised. Despite the fact that they appear in the coalition agreement, the decision is that the quotas must be allocated for the benefit of business and leisure prisoners. Several paragraph 37 responses from Naalakkersuisut contradict the Siumut's policy on several points. This we cannot pretend we do not see. "Siumut - the party with support up and down the coast - outside Nuuk Kim Kielsen's government is a coalition between the big Siumut and the small party Nunatta Qitornai. Finance Minister Vittus Qujaukitsoq comes from the small party. He left Siumut in a conflict a few years ago. The party has only one mandate in the Greenlandic Parliament. In the Parliament, Inatsisartut, he is replaced by former chairman of the government Aleqa Hammond. There is a tradition in Greenland's autonomy that ministers (“naalakkersuisoq”) can be replaced by a deputy in parliament. The Greenlandic government consists of eight members, seven of whom come from Siumut.