Falkland Islands Residents Begin Voting on Sovereignty Referendum to Rebuke Argentina

by Colonel on March 10, 2013

“Residents of the Falkland Islands started voting on Sunday in a sovereignty referendum that seeks to counter Argentina’s increasingly assertive claim over the British-ruled territory.

Diplomatic tension between Britain and Argentina has flared up after more than three decades since they went to war over the South Atlantic archipelago, and that has unsettled some of the roughly 2,500 islanders.

With patriotic feelings running high, Falklands-born and long-term residents will cast ballots in the two-day referendum in which they will be asked whether they want to stay a British Overseas Territory.

Officials are expected to announce the result at about 8 p.m. (2300 GMT) after polls close on Monday.

An overwhelming “yes” vote is likely, prompting Argentina to dismiss the referendum as a meaningless publicity stunt. A high turnout is expected, however, as islanders embrace it as a chance to make their voices heard.

” — Juan Bustamante, Copyright 2013 Thomson Reuters

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