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    Colombian Parliament Approves Revised Peace Deal Between FARC Rebels, Government

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    Colombian Parliament unanimously approved a new version of the peace agreement between the government and the FARC rebel group, media reported Wednesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Following a prolonged debate, 75 Senate members voted for the peace plan, zero votes rejected it, while the harsh critic of the deal, former President Alvaro Uribe, and his supporters abstained, according to Latin American TV broadcaster TeleSUR.

    Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos, left, shakes hands with with Rodrigo Londono, known as Timochenko, the top leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, FARC, after signing a revised peace pact at Colon Theater in Bogota, Colombia, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016
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    The original peace deal was rejected by the people of Colombia in a referendum on October 2, as many felt that the rebels would not receive the deserved punishment.

    FARC was formed in 1964 as the military wing of Colombia's Communist Party. The half-century war between the FARC and the Colombian government claimed the lives of a quarter of a million people. The two sides began peace talks in November 2012.


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