Falklands vote a blow for Kirchner

As the Falklands referendum results came in it was clear that Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner was not going to get her way. On a turnout of 92 per cent Falklanders voted to remain an overseas territory of the United Kingdom by 99.8 per cent. Only three islanders voted against of an electorate of 1,649.

James Glassman thinks Kirchner has been using the Falklands issue as a distraction:

The government of President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner is using the Falklands as a smokescreen to deflect attention away from more fundamental problems – destruction caused by reckless economic mismanagement, and the worsening isolation of the country from the international community.

Only a decade ago, Argentina was invited into the elite G20 club. Today, the country is fast becoming the world’s worst financial and legal outlaw. Last month, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) took the significant step of censuring Argentina for its publication of misleading government statistics. This is first time in the Fund’s history that a country has been censured – a damning indictment of Argentina’s departure from accepted standards.

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