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Colombia to Sign New FARC Peace Deal Without Second Referendum | Newsweek

The original peace deal was signed by both parties in September but was rejected by the Colombian public in a closely run referendum, where 50.21 percent voted against the deal while 49.78 percent voted in favor. Opposition groups said that the deal did not do enough to punish the Marxist rebels, who they said should receive substantial prison sentences rather than alternative punishments such as clearing landmines, as proposed by the original deal.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said in a televised address on Tuesday that the new deal provided a “unique opportunity to close this painful chapter in our history.” He added that the new accord “possibly won’t satisfy everybody, but that’s what happens in peace accords,” the BBC reported.

Source: Colombia to Sign New FARC Peace Deal Without Second Referendum

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