Anti-UK Argentine President suffers electoral defeat – power grab in the Falkland Islands backfires.
Argentina’s President was humiliated in the midterm primary elections, a year after launching a vehement attack on the United Kingdom’s sovereignty over the Falkland Islands.
Alberto Fernández’s government was hammered in the midterm primaries over the weekend, indicating that the incumbent Peronist party may lose control of the Senate in November’s election.
After 96 percent of the votes were counted, the centre-right opposition alliance Juntos received 41 percent of the national vote, leaving the government with 30 percent.
The ruling party was defeated in 18 of the 24 districts, including the capital Buenos Aires, as the government faces criticism for its anti-coronavirus policies and soaring poverty rates.
President Fernandez stated the Falkland Islands, known in Argentina as Islas Malvinas, were “illegally occupied” by the United Kingdom 12 months ago.
The Peronist leader also alleged Britain had a “excessive and unwarranted military presence on the islands” when speaking at the 75th United Nations General Assembly.
“I want to reaffirm the Argentine Republic’s legitimate and inalienable sovereign rights over the Malvinas, South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands, and the surrounding maritime spaces, which are integral parts of Argentina’s national territory and have been illegally occupied by the United Kingdom for more than 187 years,” he said.
“The UK also insists on an enormous and unwarranted military presence on the islands, which does nothing except raise tension to an area that prides itself on being a zone of peace and international cooperation,” Mr Fernandez continued.
The Falkland Islands are a British overseas territory in the south-west Atlantic Ocean that has been at the center of a long-running controversy.
Argentina claims ownership of the islands, which it believes was passed down from the Spanish monarchy in the early 1800s.
Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands in 1982, forcing Margaret Thatcher, then-Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, to send soldiers there.
Almost 1,000 men were killed in the ensuing combat, which ended in the expulsion of Argentinian forces and the regaining of the islands by the United Kingdom.
Argentina and the United Kingdom resumed diplomatic relations in 1990, and the Falkland Islands remain self-governing, but the UK government handles foreign affairs and other defense matters.
The thinly inhabited Falkland Islands voted in 2013 to keep their status as a British overseas territory.
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