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Political Violence, Election Uncertainty Challenge Colombia’s Peace Process

LADB Article ID: 80512
Category/Department: Colombia
Date: 2018-02-02
By: Andrés Gaudín

As Colombia gears up for its next elections—on March 11 for the legislature and on May 27 for president—the peace that was secured, or so the public thought, in November 2016, now seems to be slipping away.The warmongering far-right, led by Álvaro Uribe (2002-2010), the twice-elected former president, is gaining ground, and its candidates are strengthening—to the point of warning that they’ll annul the peace accords. Meanwhile, the governing coalition still hasn’t settled on a candidate it can put forth as a successor to President Juan Manuel Santos. The various centrist parties have decided to join together behind a single candidate, but they will wait to select that person, through internal elections, until after the legislative vote takes place in March. In the meantime, the guerrilla movement turned political party that now goes by the name Fuerza Alternativa Revolucionaria del Común (Common Alternative Revolutionary Force, FARC) is seeing its members being killed on a regular basis by far-right squadrons and allied paramilitary organizations. The same goes for civil society groups working to strengthen the peace process and defend human rights.

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