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Greenlanders vote 'yes' to autonomy in final count

Text by AFP

Latest update : 2008-11-26

Polls show that 75% of Greenlanders voted 'yes' in Tuesday's referendum, which could lead to its independence from Denmark.

More than 75 percent of Greenlanders voted Tuesday in favour of self-rule in a referendum that paves the way for independence from Denmark, final results showed.
   
A total of 75.54 percent voted "yes" to greater autonomy, while 23.57 percent said "no," the local government said.
   
A self-rule proposal hammered out with Denmark earlier this year gives Greenland, which was granted semi-autonomy from Copenhagen in 1979, rights to potentially lucrative Arctic resources, as well as control over justice and police affairs and, to a certain extent, foreign affairs.
   
The local government said 71.96 percent of the island's 39,000 eligible voters had cast ballots.

Date created : 2008-11-26

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