Colombia’s FARC Willing to Tweak Peace Deal, Give Referendum Another Try

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The proposal for a new plebiscite was made by Ivan Marquez (right), chief negotiator of FARC (YouTube)
The proposal for a new plebiscite was made by Ivan Marquez (right), chief negotiator of FARC (YouTube)

Espa√ĪolA new referendum to vote on the peace deal made between the Colombian government and the guerilla group FARC is not out of the question, according to¬†chief FARC negotiator¬†Ivan Marquez.

After four years of peace talk negotiations, it appears that officials will not give up so easily after Colombians voted down the agreement the first time around.

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According to Marquez, the idea is to review the proposals arriving from different opposing political sectors to modify the final text that was rejected October 2, and to submit a new one with the improvements so that will be accepted by most voters at a referendum.

Additionally, the guerrilla leader said the president has the constitutional authority¬†to hold¬†a new referendum. This is¬†also backed up by the ruling made by¬†the country’s Constitutional Court that initially approved the plebiscite. According to Marquez, this would be ideally done quickly¬†to continue the implementation of an agreement.

Former minister, congressman and a member of the constitutional drafting commission Alvaro Leyva, said he considers this a possibility because of the ruling made by the Constitutional Court.

Source: W Radio, Caracol Radio

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