Colombia law give former rebels role in politics


BOGOTA: Colombia’s Congress has approved a law ratifying provisions of a peace agreement permitting the country’s largest leftist guerrilla group to participate in the South American country’s politics. The Senate voted 52-2 Wednesday in favor of the law providing for the “political reintegration” of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC. The group’s inclusion as a legal political party was a key point of the peace agreement signed in November between the government Juan Manuel Santos and the FARC, which ended a conflict that has raged since 1964. The new law guarantees the former guerrillas a minimum of five seats in the Senate, and five in the lower house of Congress, although the group must run in legislative elections next year to claim them. The FARC will formally become a political party at a convention of former guerrillas that is scheduled for August.



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