[Marxism] Colombia votes down peace deal in shock result, but FARC and gov't commit to ending conflict

Stuart Munckton stuartmunckton at gmail.com
Mon Oct 3 03:21:32 MDT 2016


The "No" vote was won by a half of a percentage point in a Colombian
plebiscite on October 2 on a peace deal between the government and the
left-wing Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), which aims to end
more than five decades of civil war.
The agonisingly narrow vote (with about 70,000 votes difference) means the
deal failed to receive popular ratification in a poll marred by a turn out
of less than 40%. However, despite the result, TeleSUR English reported
<http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Despite-Colombias-No-Win-FARC-and-Santos-Committed-to-Peace-20161002-0011.html>,
both the FARC and President Juan Manuel Santos reaffirmed support for the
cease fire across the country, and to seeking a peaceful resolution.

https://www.greenleft.org.au/content/colombia-votes-down-peace-deal-shock-result-farc-and-govt-commit-ending-conflict



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