Mostly Inuit, Greenland Chooses Autonomy

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Voters in mostly Inuit Greenland overwhelmingly approved a plan to seek more autonomy from Denmark and to take advantage of oil reserves that may lie off the glacial island, official results showed this week.

The Arctic island’s election commission said 76 percent of voters supported the referendum, which sets new rules on splitting future oil revenue with Denmark. The vote was seen as a key step toward independence for the semiautonomous territory, which relies on Danish subsidies.

The referendum, which is supported by Denmark, calls for the small population to take control over the local police force, courts and coast guard and to make Greenlandic, an Inuit tongue, the official language.

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