Colombia: Farc leader Timochenko recovering from stroke

BBCThe leader of Colombia’s Farc rebel group, Rodrigo Londoño, is being treated in hospital for a stroke. Mr Londoño, who is known as Timochenko, is expected to leave hospital on Tuesday and make a full recovery, doctors who are treating him said.

The 58-year-old was admitted to hospital in the city of Villavicencio on Sunday morning. His health is “in a stable and satisfactory condition,” doctors said in a press conference. The Farc initially denied reports that he was ill.

But one of its leaders, Felix Antonio Muñoz Lascarro, known as Pastor Alape, later spoke to journalists at the hospital in Villavicencio. Timochenko will not be transferred to another hospital, he said, adding: “This clinic provides the necessary conditions to treat him.” …

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