Colombians vote against peace deal; FARC wants to continue ceasefire

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), with whom a historic peace deal was signed just last week, announced that it is interested in continuing to honor the deal. Yet following a referendum held in the country, a narrow majority vote determined that the agreement will be rejected.
The voting was conducted under heavy security Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Following yesterday’s referendum in Colombia in which the majority of voters decided against the historic peace deal meant to end the 52-year war between their government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the guerrilla movement is making it clear that it wishes to retain the peace.

In an official statement after the stunning results, the FARC said that it will continue to honor the peace deal’s terms and that it hopes that an alternative can be found to keep the peace. Of 99% percent of voters, 50.23% voted against the accord and 49.76% voted in favor of it. Yet prior to the referendum, polls indicated that a landslide majority were in favor of the peace deal. Apparently, voters believed that the peace deal was too lenient on the FARC.

As reported by JOL earlier today, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos announced that his government does not have an alternative plan. “We must end this 52-year war and pave our way towards peace, which will lead us to a better future,” Santos said shortly after voting. “Peace is the way to promise our children and grandchildren a better country.”

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