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Malvinas gov't sets referendum date and question

The Malvinas Islands government announced the date on which a referendum in order to enable islanders to express their view on the political status of the islands will be held.

According to a press release, the Executive Council has agreed that the Referendum would be held over two days, 10-11 March, "giving everyone the maximum opportunity to exercise their right to vote."

It added that "the current political status of the Falkland (Malvinas) Islands is that they are an Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom.  The Islands are internally self-governing, with the United Kingdom being responsible for matters including defence and foreign affairs."

"The people of the islands have the right to self-determination, which they can exercise at any time. Given that Argentina is calling for negotiations over the sovereignty this referendum is being undertaken to consult the people regarding their views on the political status of the Falkland (Malvinas) Islands," it stressed.

The March referendum will ask islanders: "Do you wish the Falkland (Malvians) Islands to retain their current political status as an Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom? YES or NO.”
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