Voters reject peace deal with FARC


Colombian voters have rejected a peace deal which had been signed last week between President Juan Manuel Santos and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) leader Timoleón Jimenez after four years of negotiations.

The voters rejected the deal in a referendum which was held yesterday (Sunday 2nd October 2016). Voters were asked “Do you support the final agreement to end the conflict and building a stable and lasting peace?” but 50.21% (6,431,372) voted against with 49.79% (6,377,464) voting in favour. Turnout was just 37.1%.

Negotiators are now expected to return to Havana (Cuba) where negotiations have been held in order to consider what they do next. Both President Santos and the FARC leader accepted the result and said that they were committed to peace and would continue the process until a solution was found.

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