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Colombia votes No to peace deal

Colombia votosThe option not to ratify the peace agreement between the government of Juan Manuel Santos and FARC-EP won with 50,23% (6,428,776 votes) after the results of 99.76 % of polling stations had been collected; while the “yes” vote garnered 49,76% (6,369,008 ballots), according to information released by electoral authorities.

Of the 34,899,945 Colombians eligible to vote on Sunday, October 2, 63% abstained, with only 37% participating.

It is important to note that the results are valid, as in order for the vote to be considered adequate, at least 13% of the electorate needed to vote for one of the options.

On September 26, the Colombian government and Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP) signed the Final Pace Agreement to bring the 52-year armed conflict to an end, which has left 220,000 dead and millions displaced.

On August 24, 2016, the national government and guerilla faction announced the final peace accord. The document was then submitted to Congress on August 25 and President Santos announced his decision to hold a referendum on October 2, 2016.

The documents were made public for all Colombians before the plebiscite was held last Sunday.


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