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Sunday, November 06, 2011

UK approved new constitution for disputed Falklands
Clay Flaherty at 12:00 AM ET

On November 6, 2008, the UK and Falklands governments approved a new constitution for the disputed South Atlantic Islands. Under the new document, primary governing power is vested in the Falkland's local government but the British governor to the territory retains the power to veto its actions "in the interests of good governance." The constitution also included rights provisions designed to comply with the European Convention on Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The Falkland Islands have been disputed territory between Argentina and the UK since the re-establishment of British rule in 1833. The conflict led to the Falklands War of 1982, which lasted 74 days and ended with Argentina's surrender.

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