Colombia’s Opposition Looks to Force Referendum on New FARC Peace Deal

By: Julián Villabona Galarza - Nov 23, 2016, 1:45 pm
The opposition is trying to stop the Santos-FARC through a referendum (YouTube).
The opposition is trying to stop the Santos-FARC peace deal by calling a referendum. (YouTube).

EspañolOfficials opposed the newest version of Colombia’s FARC peace deal are looking for ways to stop it from becoming law.

Former Colombia President Alvaro Uribe said he and other members of the opposition are considering calling a referendum to halt the endorsement and implementation of the newest version of the guerilla peace deal negotiated between FARC and President Juan Manuel Santos’ administration.

The agreement is set to be signed next Thursday, and then taken to the country’s Congress to be approved legislatively instead of through the previous method used  this October, which involved consulting the people through a vote.

Uribe and his counterparts reiterated their criticism of the new agreement, asserting that it does not  by address the concerns of those who opposed the initial agreement, which they said had issues related to transitional justice and drug trafficking policy. They claimed these problems remain unresolved in the new agreement.

Additionally, they said it is necessary to educate Congress as well as the country’s citizens so that everyone understands the opposition’s problems with the agreement.

To carry out a referendum in Colombia, a certain number of signatures must be collected and taken to Congress, along with the initiative to be voted on. With enough signatures, citizens are asked to come to vote. This is reportedly only one of several strategies Uribe and the opposition are preparing.

Alvaro Uribe and his supporters are not the only ones opposed to the new agreement. Politicians like Marta Lucía Ramirez — a presidential candidate for the Conservative Party — and former President Andrés Pastrana also criticized it.

Source: Caracol Radio

Julián Villabona Galarza Julián Villabona Galarza

Julián is a reporter with the PanAm Post with studies in Politics and International Relations from the University Sergio Arboleda in Colombia. Follow him: @julianvillabona.

Colombian Hospitals Brace for Influx of Pregnant Venezuelans

By: Julián Villabona Galarza - Nov 23, 2016, 1:06 pm
Pregnant women come to Colombia seeking for better health attention than the one received in their country (Pixabay)

EspañolOfficials in northern Colombia are warning against the influx of pregnant Venezuelan women who may come in search of healthcare and better food for their children amid the shortages across their own country. Read more: Colombian Government Postpones Signing of FARC Agreement Read more: Sixteen Colombian Police Officers Injured in Explosion Near Venezuelan Border "We are certain that in Venezuela, there is a humanitarian crisis and this is affecting Colombians," said William Matson, an official in the northern Colombian town of Cartagena. "Many Venezuelans come to Cartagena illegally and are now demanding healthcare. " According to the Matson, many Venezuelans arrive seeking better medical care for their pregnancies and their children, as well as greater general security than can be found in Venezuela. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); }); Women reportedly arrive on buses that enter Colombia illegally. In Cartagena, they seek support from authorities for their pregnancies. Institutions in the city have reportedly been put on the highest alert. According to the Colombian radio station Blue Radio, some women said they want to stay in Colombia for an extended period of time to ensure that their child's health is stable, and until the political and economic crisis has improved in their own country. Source: Blu Radio

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