Greenland calls for early elections next month

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Greenland has called for early elections next month after four government members quit and the prime minister went on leave amid a scandal involving the use of public funds.

Parliament in the semi-autonomous territory decided late Wednesday elections will be held November 28, a year-and-a-half earlier than planned.

Prime Minister Aleqa Hammond decided to take a leave of absence until an investigation is completed into her alleged private spending of public funds worth more than 106,000 kroner ($84,322) on hotels and flights.

The political crisis casts doubt on Hammond's dream of seeing the mostly ice-covered Arctic island achieving full financial independence from Denmark if it could harvest underground mineral wealth. She had a ban removed on mining radioactive minerals, a byproduct of extracting rare earth metals, among others.