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Shock In Colombia as Voters Surprisingly Reject Peace Deal With FARC Rebels

It seemed like a done deal. Sunday’s referendum on a peace deal with lefitst rebels appeared to be simply a formality, the final step to put the lid on a 52-year-old armed conflict that killed 220,000 after four years of negotiations. But Colombian voters surprised everyone and the “no” side ended up winning by a tiny margin—50.25 percent to 49.75 percent. It’s a result that suddenly thrusts the country into uncertainty and leaves a huge question mark hanging over the peace process with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).
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