Colombia

Colombia, The Referendum That Could Have Changed History (But Failed)

It looked like a done deal. And yet, in a surprising turn of events, Colombians rejected the agreement between their Government and the FARC, an agreement which could have ended 52 years of civil war.

The negotiations between President Juan Manuel Santos and Rodrigo Londoño Echeverri, a.k.a Timoleón Jiménez, a.k.a Timochenko, the political and military leader of the FARC, took four years to be finalized. The terms of the deal were approved unanimously by the International community, from President Obama to the Pope, from the United Nations to the International Monetary Found. Santos and Londoño Echeverri’s names also popped in during the discussion on the future Nobel Prize for Peace.

And yet, less than 40% of Colombians participated in what was considered the most crucial referendum in the country’s recent history, and 50.1% of the voters opposed the deal.

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