Chemnitz Lars

Lars Chemnitz, a Greenlandic politician, was leader of the Greenland council at a time when Home Rule was negotiated with Denmark (1979). He was first elected to the Landsrad (the Provincial Council of Greenland) in 1967, and was its elected chairperson from 1971 to 1979, when Jonathan Motzfeldt was elected as first Prime Minister of the Home Rule Parliament. Chemnitz was a member of the Home Rule Parliament, Landstinget, from 1979 to 1984 and again from 1988 to 1995, in which he served as its chairperson from 1988 to 1991.

Politically, Chemnitz can be characterized as a moderate conservative. In the late 1970s, he was one of the founders of the political party Atassut, which emphasized the connection to Denmark as valuable to Greenlandic society and resisted a break to Home

Rule. He was leader of Atassut from 1979 to 1984. As a prominent Greenlandic politician, he was called upon to other services as well, among them membership of the Executive Council of Inuit Circumpolar Conference (ICC) 1980-1986, and as the chairperson of "Det gr0nlandske Selskab" (the Greenlandic Society) from 1985 to 1987.

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