Colombia Votes Against Peace Deal with FARC Rebels
iStock/Thinkstock(BOGOTA, Colombia) — Colombian voters have rejected a peace deal between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia in a referendum vote Sunday.
With 99.59 percent of the vote in, the no vote was ahead 50.23 percent to 49.76 percent.
The deal was signed by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and FARC leader Timoleon Jimenez almost a week ago, but it needed to be approved by voters before passing into law.
Earlier polling indicated overwhelming support for the yes vote, and the referendum’s result has shocked the country.
The Colombian president has called for an emergency meeting between military leaders and those who negotiated the deal at the Casa de Nariño in Bogota.
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