Colombia’s Farc begins first congress after peace deal

BBCMembers of the Farc in Colombia have begun discussing the group’s future in its first congress since the conclusion of a historic disarmament process. Some 1,200 delegates from the recently demobilised group have attended the first day of the congress in Bogota. By the end of the congress on Friday the delegates will have chosen a new name for the Farc.

The rebel group will become a political party and it will take part in next year’s general elections. “At this event we are transforming the Farc into a new, exclusively political organisation,” said its leader, Rodrigo Londoño, known as Timochenko.

The delegates will also select the names of the main candidates who will run for office at the 2018 poll. …

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