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Falklands governor dissolves the Legislative Assembly and tries a cueca on a crutch

Monday, September 27th 2021 - 09:28 UTC
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Governor Phillips CBE signs the writ for elections next November Governor Phillips CBE signs the writ for elections next November
At Government House with members of the Chilean community At Government House with members of the Chilean community

Busy days for the Falkland Islands Governor Nigel Phillips CBE, despite his plastered left leg and crutch. Last Friday morning he signed the proclamation to dissolve the Legislative Assembly and the writ to instruct that election take place in six weeks, next November 4.

On that day eight members of the new Legislative will be elected, and in the coming weeks, hopeful candidates will be given radio time and space in the local weekly to present their ideas for the next legislature. There are no political parties in the Islands.

Of the current eight members, five apparently will be running for reelection since, Roger Edwards, Ian Hansen and Dr Barry Elsby on different occasions have anticipated they will not stand again. Elections are held every four years.

Another activity for the Governor at Government House in the evening was welcoming the Chilean community in the Falklands for a belated reception to celebrate their country's Independence Day, 18th September, which is a two-day festivity since, on the 19th, they celebrate the “Glories of the Chilean Army”.

With an estimated population of 3,300 in the last census of the Falklands, (2016), the first majority community was the UK born, followed by St Helena, and then Chile with some 200 members.

However, the culture and customs influence of the Chilean community exceeds that number, and besides in normal times air and sea links with Chile are regular.

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  • RedBaron

    Crouch? ....or crutch? Nice one Mercopress!
    For those who did not already know - a cueca is a Chilean national dance but it's not clear from the article where that features or how the Governor managed that exercise (with or without his crouch).

    Sep 27th, 2021 - 10:04 am +1
  • Chicureo



    Obviously from the photograph — Nigel Phillips showed the highest complement by raising a goblet of wine in celebration. It is exceptionally difficult to imagine him dancing the Cueca but I image he was entertained as it was preformed.

    ¡Saludos cordiales desde Panquehue!

    Sep 27th, 2021 - 12:45 pm +1
  • MarkWhelan

    Cueca in portuguese is the words for underpants so maybe he is now able to use underpants instead if a disposable nappy. I am not sure that the brand is newsworthy so that is probably why that is not mentioned.

    Sep 27th, 2021 - 02:15 pm 0
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