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.
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.