UPDATE, 2 a.m. ET: With 70% of the votes counted, the social democratic (and populist — it’s in opposition to loosening local laws to allow the importation of largely Chinese foreign workers) Siumut, which governed from self-rule in 1979 until 2009, leads in Greenland with 48.4% of the vote, to just 29.6% for the pro-independence, socialist Inuit Ataqatigiit, which has ruled the country since 2009.
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Though there are only 57,000 people living on the world’s largest island — technically an autonomous country within the kingdom of Denmark, today’s parliamentary election in Greenland couldn’t have more profound consequences.
For more background, read my piece from last week explaining why the election today has such important consequences not only for Greenland and independence, but also the European Union, the United States, China, climate change, global energy trends, sovereignty in the 21st century and the future viability of the Arctic as an economic zone.
East and South Asia
Former South Korean presidential candidate Ahn Cheol-soo may form a new political party.
Japan marks the two-year anniversary of the Fukushima disaster.
Greenland votes today.
Latin America / Caribbean
México takes on telecommunications reform.
1,513 voters out of 1,517 voted to keep the Falkland Islands (or, if you like, Islas Malvinas) as a UK overseas territory.
Venezuelan presidential candidate Henrique Capriles attacks his opponent’s homophobic slurs.
The International Criminal Court has dropped charges against one of Kenyan president-elect Uhuru Kenyatta’s co-defendants.
Kenya’s Supreme Court will hear the case from Raila Odinga’s campaign in protest of Keyatta’s electoral victory.
An oil-sharing deal is reached between Sudan and South Sudan.
The Catholic Church’s papal conclave begins today.
But what name will the next pope choose?
Wonkbook‘s primer on the papal conclave.
Hungary passes a set of constitutional reforms that pull the country away from democracy.
Germany’s new anti-euro political party.
Czech president Miloš Zeman’s inaugural highlights.
Former Liberal Democratic minister Chris Huhne is sentenced.
Middle East and North Africa
Qatar says there are no more plans for aid to Egypt.
Israel’s new cabinet seems likely to be much smaller.