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FARC to Target Candidates in Oct. 26 Elections

Colombia’s largest guerrilla army, the Marxist-inspired FARC, has threatened to kill all candidates for October municipal elections, saying they and their families will be declared military targets. In a letter sent to the nation’s mayors, obtained by Reuters on Saturday, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia said the threat extended to candidates for mayor, governor, city council members and provincial lawmakers. The nationwide vote, the first election under the government of President Alvaro Uribe, will take place Oct. 26. The president took power last year promising to make Latin America’s most violent nation safe again. “Those who register as a candidate for the election will be declared military targets. You and your families in any place where the FARC are found will subjugated to country’s armed conflict,” the letter read. Commanders of Colombia’s armed forces said they were aware of the letter and would guarantee security for all of the candidates, who must register within the coming weeks to be eligible. Full Story

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