Monday, October 3, 2016

Deep divisions apparent in Colombia as citizens reject FARC peace deal

The future of the peace process in Colombia is now uncertain as the No camp took a razor-thin lead Sunday in a national vote on whether to accept the agreement between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

Weeks of polling had shown the Yes camp would win by an almost two-to-one margin. But with almost all the votes counted, 50.2 percent of Colombians who voted Sunday opposed the deal and 49.8 percent favored it, according to the National Civil Registry's website.

However, many of the areas most affected by the conflict voted massively in support of the deal, such as the department of Cauca, where 67.4 percent backed the agreement. Despite this, two major cities, Medellin and Bucaramanga, saw a major victory for No, which proved crucial to the result.

Low turnout of just 37.4 percent may have been due to Hurricane Matthew, which dumped heavy rain in the country's Caribbean regions.

There were calls to extend polling hours but the government refused.

The result will come as a heavy blow to the government of President Juan Manuel Santos and the FARC, who reached a peace deal in August after four years of negotiations and signed it on Sept. 26 in Cartagena, Colombia.

Santos admitted defeat in the national vote, but he insisted that the ceasefire remain in place.

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