Five FARC Leaders Abandon Peace Deal, Start Talks with Colombian Drug Gang

By: Julián Villabona Galarza - Dec 16, 2016, 8:41 am
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EspañolFARC officials reported  last week that five of its leaders in the department of Guaviare will not be supporting the peace process with the Colombia government, a decision that appears to be motivated by new alliances made with other criminal organizations in the area.

“Gentil Duarte,” one of the deserters, has reportedly spoken with the Usuga Clan, a group present in the Guaviare zone that has been growing over the last several months.

Security agencies reportedly have information that Duarte and “John 40,” another dissenter, held meetings with “Sebastian” and “El Costeño,” leaders of the Úsuga Clan in the Eastern plains.


Experts said there is a lot at stake in this relationship. Drug and arms trafficking routes must pass through Guaviare to cross the Colombian border with Brazil and Venezuela, in addition to there being illegal mining activity in the area.

“Gentil Duarte” was one of the guerrillas who participated in the dialogues in Havana between the national government and FARC, making his desertion even more controversial. He had been sent by FARC to control dissidence in the area, but seems to have joined it.

There is a large FARC presence in Guaviare, where troops are preparing to be mobilized. Once this is achieved, the national government, may begin carrying out normal military operations.

Source: El Tiempo

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.

Bolivia MAS Party Proposes Workaround for Morales Third Reelection

By: Ysol Delgado - Dec 16, 2016, 7:25 am

EspañolThe MAS Movement for Socialism party in Bolivia has proposed five legal alternatives to getting Bolivia's President Evo Morales re-elected. Álvaro García Linera said that opposition politicians and several constitutionalists are looking into preventing "a range of possibilities" promoting re-election. He said many mechanisms can be used by MAS to achieve its objective of getting Morales into office. MAS and other supporting groups plan to go to the National Congress with five legal alternatives to try to get Morales reelected in 2019. Among these proposals is the constitutional interpretation of political rights, and a referendum. Leader of the Chuquisaca Parliamentary Brigade Elmar Callejas said MAS will try a second referendum in the legislature, because in a popular vote that took place last February 21, there was talk about renominating Morales but not of reelecting him. Bolivia's Ambassador to the Organization of American States Diego Pary said that if there was a query to enable re-election, another 10 consultations could be convened to address the issue again. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); });   While ways of keeping Morales in power are evaluated, Secretary to Governor Cruceña Vladimir Peña questioned MAS' attempt to impose a new reelection instead of working to solve the different demands of the people Bolivian. "I think we should not deal with MAS, but with the political alternative," he said. Source: El Deber

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