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Falklanders begin vote on sovereignty referendum

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International News | Monday March 11 2013 13:22

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Residents of the Falkland Islands are voting in a referendum to show the world they want to stay British amid increasingly bellicose claims by Argentina. sovereignty

Buenos Aires has dismissed the vote as meaningless, but Falklands legislative assembly member Barry Elsby says there's been an extraordinary turnout in the capital Stanley.

In a move instigated by residents themselves, almost 1700 eligible voters are being asked whether they want the Falklands to remain an internally self-governing British overseas territory.

The result is not in doubt but the scale of the YES vote will be closely watched as a sign of the Falklanders' strength of feeling.

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