The right-wing Ivan Duque, who is just 42 years old, succeeds Juan Manuel Santos — and could work to undo the deal his predecessor reached with leftist FARC guerrillas to end a half-century of conflict.
Colombia's historic peace agreement reached with the former Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in 2016 ended more than five decades of bloody conflict and guarantees the one-time guerrillas 10 seats in Congress.
Ex-FARC guerrillas worry about conservative Ivan Duque’s win in the presidential election due to his promises to roll back the 2016 peace agreement that ended the decades-long conflict in the country.
Those killed and two more who were wounded in the operation belonged to an armed faction that is commanded by a former FARC rebel leader and had rejected the 2016 peace agreement with the government.
Prosecutors in New York accuse partially-sighted Santrich of conspiring to ship 10,000 kilograms of cocaine to the United States while serving as a senior member of the leadership of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).
Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno says retaliatory military operation has been launched following confirmation of deaths of three members of a journalist team kidnapped by renegade Colombian rebels last month.
Seusis Hernandez, known by his nom de guerre Jesus Santrich, was arrested for conspiring to export 10 tonnes of cocaine, worth $320 million, to the US.
The talks were suspended by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos in January after a series of bombings by the National Liberation Army.
Calmest polls in half a century of conflict in Colombia, with the former rebel movement FARC spurning jungle warfare for politics, and the ELN – the country's last active rebel group – observing a ceasefire.
Colombians are heading to the polls to elect a new Congress with a resurgent right, bitterly opposed to a peace deal that allows leftist former rebels to participate, expected to poll strongly.
After more than five decades of fighting and atrocities during the country's war with FARC, the former rebels are finding it difficult to persuade the public to vote for their party.
The FARC announced that they will halt campaign events until their safety can be sufficiently assured.
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