Published On: Mon, Oct 28th, 2019

Argentina election result: Who won? What does it mean for the Falklands? | World | News

Argentines have had their say and elected a new president in a vote dominated by economic concerns. President Mauricio Macri came to power four years ago with promises to restore growth to the economically uncertain country. But after fours years, many say the situation has worsened since the Conservative took power from the controversial government led by Cristina Fernández de Kirchner. So now the results are in, who won the election and what does it mean for the Falkland Islands?

Centre-left opposition candidate Alberto Fernández has been elected president of Argentina winning more than 41 percent of the vote.

To be elected as the President, more than 45 percent of the vote was needed, meaning conservative incumbent Mr Macri will be removed.

The poll on Sunday was held amid turbulent economic times which have left a third of Argentina’s population in poverty.

Mr Macri conceded defeat on Sunday night, congratulation his rival.

READ MORE: What time do polls close, when is results?

What does the result of the 2019 Argentina election mean for the Falklands?

The Falkland Islands is an archipelago in the South Atlantic Ocean which is part of the Commonwealth. 

As a British overseas territory, the Falklands have internal self-governance, and the UK takes responsibility for its defence and foriegn affairs.

Since its discovery, controversy has arisen over the colonisation of the territory by Europeans, particularly given that the islands have a mix of French, British, Spanish and Argentine settlements.

In April 1982, Argentina occupied the islands and British administration was restored two months later at the end of the Falklands War.

But the sovereignty status of the Falklands is part of an ongoing dispute between Argentina and the UK.

The resurgence of Argentina’s Leftists has raised concerns among Falklanders that the election result could see the return of anti-British sentiment to the country.

Ms Kirchner is poised to revive some of her approaches to push the region back under the control of Argentina.

For instance, during her presidency, Ms Kirchner tried to stop weekly flights that cross Argentina airspace from Chile to get to the islands.

She also attempted to discourage cruise ships from stopping off there, to try to stop them passing from Argentine ports to Falkland ones. 

The outgoing President Mr Macri championed a “less aggressive” approach. 

But those days could well be over now as the Leftists, with the controversia; Mrs Kitchner, begin to make steps to claim the region once again.

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