05 Oct 2016
Colombians reject peace deal with FARC
Polls pointed to yes, but population said no to deal
In a surprising turn of events, the population of Colombia rejected a peace deal that could end over 50 years of conflict with rebels from FARC (The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia). All polls conducted before the voting pointed to an approval of the accord, previously set between the government and the rebels.
Despite the defeat, the leadership of FARC announced that the group remains committed to a peaceful solution and ensured the guerrilla has no intentions in returning to armed combats.
The Colombian president, Juan Manuel dos Santos, said the vote will not affect Colombia's stability and that he will continue to search for peace.