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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Falkland Islands announced they would hold a referendum on sovereignty
Kyle Webster at 12:00 AM ET

On June 12, 2012, the government of the Falkland Islands announced that a referendum would be held regarding the islands' political status as an overseas territory of the United Kingdom (UK). Gavin Short, chairman of the islands' legislative assembly, stated that the purpose of the vote, the date of which was chosen to align with the 30 year anniversary of the islands' breaking from Argentina's occupation, was to affirm that "the people of the Falklands wish for the Islands to remain a self-governing Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom." The vote was held in March 2013 and was overwhelmingly in favor of maintaining the current status, with only three people voting to change. The Argentine government, which continues to dispute its ownership of the islands with the UK, stated that the referendum should be rejected as an "illegitimate colonialist exercise."

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