Anti-FARC peace deal candidate wins Colombian presidential election
Conservative candidate Ivan Duque won Colombia’s presidential election on Sunday, casting uncertainty on the future of the recent peace deal signed with the FARC rebel group in 2016. The deal was unpopular with many voters, who viewed it as too soft on former rebel leaders. The deal’s first draft lost a referendum vote. An updated draft was then amended and passed by legislators, avoiding the direct referendum in a move that angered many in the country. This election permitted voters to register their dissatisfaction with the deal that formally ended a 52 year civil war with a death toll of 220,000. During his campaign, Duque promised to change the deal and remove the portions not favored by most of the Colombian population. It is uncertain how these changes will impact the reintegration of former rebels into politics and society.