Greenland profile

Queen: Margrethe II of Denmark

Prime minister: Aleqa Hammond (on leave of absence)

Acting prime minister: Kim Kielsen

Prime Minister Aleqa Hammond Aleqa Hammond took leave of absence over an expenses scandal

Aleqa Hammond, who became Greenland's first woman prime minister in April 2013, was granted temporary leave of absence over a spending scandal in October 2014.

Parliament subsequently called an election for November 28 2014.

Ms Hammond also stepped down as leader of the social-democratic Siumut Party after a government coalition partner withdrew and two ministers from her own party quit over her alleged misuse of public funds for flights and hotels.

In the 2013 elections the Siumut Party beat the more left-wing pro-independence Inuit Ataqatigiit party of outgoing prime minister Kuupik Kleist.

Born in 1965, Ms Hammond worked in tourism before being elected to parliament in 2005. She served as families and justice minister then finance and foreign minister briefly, resigning in protest at the size of the budget deficit.

When Siumut lost the 2009 general election, she took over the leadership from former prime minister Hans Enoksen.

Ms Hammond campaigned on a platform of lifting the Danish-imposed ban on uranium extraction, which had restricted the development of Greenland's rare-earth mining industry. Parliament voted to lift the ban in October 2013.

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