Nunatta Qitornai

Descendants of Our Country
Nunatta Qitornai
Chairman Vittus Qujaukitsoq
Founded September 2017 (2017-09)
Split from Siumut
Ideology Greenlandic independence
Decentralization[1][2]
Social democracy
Political position Centre-left
Inatsisartut
1 / 31
Folketing
(Greenland seats)
1 / 2

Nunatta Qitornai (literally the Descendants of Our Country) is a separatist political party in Greenland advocating for independence. It was founded in September 2017 by former Minister of Business, Labour, Trade and Foreign Affairs Vittus Qujaukitsoq, who had previously been in Siumut[3] and who was subsequently elected in the 2018 Greenlandic parliamentary elections.

Background

In April 2017 Vittus Qujaukitsoq was sacked from the Greenlandic government by Premier Kim Kielsen due to harsh criticism of the Danish and American handling of the environmental clean-up of the area around the Thule Air Base. He subsequently challenged Kielsen for the chairmanship at Siumut's party conference in July, and left the party after he lost the vote 19-48.[4]

Vittus Qujaukitsoq advocates a speedy transition to Greenlandic independence, whereas Kim Kielsen and the majority in Siumut are in favour of a gradualist approach.

The party stood in the 2018 parliamentary elections with former Prime Minister Aleqa Hammond as one of its candidates, but only chairman Vittus Qukaukitsoq was elected.

Policies

Apart from the speedy establishment of a Greenlandic state the party advocates decentralization of the administration and the establishment of 17 municipalities based on the current population distribution.[5]

Name

Nunavta Qitornai (pre-1973 spelling) was the name of a patriotic and educational youth organisation founded in 1941 by the politician and poet Augo Lynge, who was a prominent advocate for close cooperation between Greenland and Denmark and the incorporation of Greenland into the Danish state; his grandchild has criticized the use of the name for a separatist party as disrespectful to the memory of Augo Lynge.[6]

Election results

Parliament of Greenland

Election Votes % Seats ±
2018 1,002 3.4 (#7)
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References

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