Wednesday 21 August 2019

Former commander of Colombia's rebels to seek presidency

Rodrigo Londono will seek Colombia's presidency (AP)
Rodrigo Londono will seek Colombia's presidency (AP)

Former top commander Rodrigo Londono will run for the presidency of Colombia in next year's election, the country's now demobilised guerrilla movement has announced.

The announcement was made on Wednesday by leaders of the political movement started by the now-disbanded Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.

Mr Londono is better known by his alias, Timochenko.

The group known as the Farc also announced some of the individuals who will fill the 10 seats in Congress that it is guaranteed on a temporary basis as part of last year's peace deal.

Polls show that many Colombians remain sceptical of the former rebels' commitment to peace and want them banned from entering politics until they confess their war crimes to special peace tribunals.


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