PEACE DEAL WITH FARC REJECTED
A referendum in Colombia rejects making peace with FARC.
The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia, aka FARC, has been waging a revolutionary armed resistance against the government for more than fifty years. On October 2nd, a referendum was held on whether to accept or not a deal, made and agreed to by FARC and the government. 50.2% voted NO; 49.8% voted YES. The deal was rejected. The deal would have meant the disarmament of FARC, immunity from punishment for crimes committed in the past, and a seat at the political table as a legitimate political party. Some believe this was the best way of putting the conflict behind them and moving on with the future prosperity of the country. Others believe that the deal was too lenient to FARC, and so were not happy about the terms. It is not clear what course is going to be taken next. See Colombian Peace Deal Struck Down, for more.
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