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Greenland’s main opposition leader, who campaigned on a ticket of higher taxes for foreign mining companies, has gained the largest share of the votes in the country’s national election.

Alequa Hammond’s party picked up around 42 percent of the vote, which translated means 14 seats in the 31-seat parliament.

Outgoing Prime Minister Kuupik Kleist won 34 percent and a coalition must now be formed.

The opening up of Greenland to foreign mining interests has sparked a huge debate among the Inuit peoples, many fear the destructive influence of Chinese miners and the potential damage to the environment, economy and traditional lifestyle.

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