Ivan Duque, the protege of a powerful right-wing former president, promises to "make corrections" to a peace deal with leftist rebels that has divided the country and to crack down on armed groups still roaming the countryside.
Ivan Duque, who takes office in August, campaigned on rolling back benefits inscribed in a peace deal brokered by outgoing President Juan Manuel Santos.
Leaders of Colombia's disbanded FARC rebel army accuse the U.S. of trapping a prominent rebel negotiator on a drug warrant in order to sabotage the country's already struggling peace process.
Analysts see the congressional balloting as a test of the democratic viability of the political party that emerged from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, which fought the state for 52 years until a historic peace deal was reached in 2016.
Relatives of slain missionaries and others are seeking millions from the banana company because of payments it made to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.
By a margin of 0.4 percent, voters rejected a negotiated agreement that would have made the FARC militia a legal political party.
Human rights experts from Colombia explain that although the peace agreement with the rebel group FARC is a milestone, issues of “transitional justice” still plague the country. Among these is addressing the sexual violence that occurred over the years.
A clandestine program that began under the Bush administration and continues under the Obama administration led to the killings of at least two dozen leaders of the rebel group, The Washington Post reports. How did the U.S. justify involving itself in assassinations by another government? The same Office of Legal Counsel that OK'd the use of torture said it could.
Jorge Briceno, aka “Mono Jojoy,” had long operated as a senior leader of the FARC rebel force in Colombia. But on Thursday news came that Briceno had been killed in a military airstrike, dealing a blow to the guerrilla movement and providing a public relations coup for newly minted President Juan Manuel Santos.