Colombian elections fuel hope for a peaceful future
By James Blears
Still known as the FARC, candidates of the the Common Alternative Revolutionary Force aren't expected to make much of an impact at the ballot box, as memories are long and tempers are still short. Under the peace Agreement signed in November 2016, they're guaranteed ten Congressional seats in this Election.
The conservative leaning Center Democratic Party, led by former President Alvaro Uribe, which is implacably opposed to the FARC and condemned the peace accord ending 52 years of conflict, is expected to perform strongly. FARC leader Rodrigo Londono, previously known as Timochenko has pulled out of May's Presidential Election, after undergoing heart surgery this last Wednesday.
Thirty six million people are eligible to vote in these historic Congressional Elections today. Ballot boxes and not bullets have finally triumphed. The eyes of the World are focused on a new Colombia.