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Colombia: FARC launch campaign for legislative elections01:56

Colombia: FARC launch campaign for legislative elections

Colombia, Bogota
January 28, 2018 at 08:11 GMT -00:00 · Published

The new political party of Colombia's FARC has launched its campaign for upcoming legislative elections in March, by holding a rally in Bogota on Saturday.Supporters listened to a speech by Byron Yepes, one of the 74 candidates the group will field for elections to the Senate and Congress. "We are not going to rest until we achieve well-being, peace and social justice. Because for 200 years of life as a nation they have always snatched it from us", Yepes told the assembled crowd.Formerly the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, the organisation has since transformed into a political party under the name Revolutionary Alternative Common Force, retaining its FARC initials. As part of the peace deal in which ended the 52-year civil war in 2016, the new political outfit will be guaranteed five seats in both houses of Congress until 2026. The party leadership, headed by Rodrigo Londono, who also goes by his nomme de guerre 'Timochenko', hopes electoral success will provide a surer political footing ahead of a presidential election bid.

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The new political party of Colombia's FARC has launched its campaign for upcoming legislative elections in March, by holding a rally in Bogota on Saturday.Supporters listened to a speech by Byron Yepes, one of the 74 candidates the group will field for elections to the Senate and Congress. "We are not going to rest until we achieve well-being, peace and social justice. Because for 200 years of life as a nation they have always snatched it from us", Yepes told the assembled crowd.Formerly the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, the organisation has since transformed into a political party under the name Revolutionary Alternative Common Force, retaining its FARC initials. As part of the peace deal in which ended the 52-year civil war in 2016, the new political outfit will be guaranteed five seats in both houses of Congress until 2026. The party leadership, headed by Rodrigo Londono, who also goes by his nomme de guerre 'Timochenko', hopes electoral success will provide a surer political footing ahead of a presidential election bid.

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