Published On: Mon, Oct 28th, 2019

Cristina Fernandez BACK in Argentina: What does she want? Why it’s bad news for Falklands? | World | News


Alberto Fernandez has secured more than 45 percent of the vote needed to win the general election. Fernandez’s running mate, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, is now Vice President-elect of Argentina, having previously served as President of Argentina from 2007 until 2015.

As of December 10, the Peronist Frente de Todos, a coalition led by Alberto Fernandez, will succeed incumbent Mauricio Macri in government.

At the headquarters of of Frente de Todos, Mr Fernandez confirmed that on Monday he will meet the president.

He said: “Tomorrow I will meet with Macri.

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Now she has won the election with Mr Fernandez, and given her experience in office, many believe she will be the driving force behind the presidency.

What is Cristina Fernandez’s stance on the Falkland Islands?

The Falkland Islands are a British-governed group of islands located 300 miles from the tip of Patagonia, in the far south of Argentina.

The Falkland Islands have been under British rule since 1833, and have been a great source of conflict between Britain and Argentina in the past.

Some 3,000 people are residents on the islands and in 2013 a referendum saw 99.8 percent of islanders vote to remain British.

During her time as President, Mrs Kirchner’s policy often sought Argentine sovereignty over the Falkland Islands.

During her presidency, Mrs Kirchner attempted to stop the weekly flights which cross Argentina’s airspace from Chile to get to the islands.

She also attempted to discourage cruise ships from stopping off at the islands.

The Buenos Aires Times reported earlier this month that Mr Fernandez was considering reviewing Argentina’s current bilateral agreements with the UK.

The then-Presidential candidate told viewers an TV debate he would seek changes to the Falkland Islands “in memory of the soldiers”.

He said: “During these years the government was very busy trading with Britain and forgot about our sovereignty over the Malvinas.

“But we will insist again. In memory of those soldiers, I’ll make sure things are different.”

Additional reporting by Maria Ortega



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