Colombia referendum: voters reject peace deal with Farc guerrillas

Colombians have rejected a peace deal to end 52 years of war with Farc guerrillas, throwing the country into confusion about its future.

With counting completed from 98% of polling stations, the no vote led with 50.23% to 49.76%, a difference of 61,000 votes.

The verdict on the deal between the
government of Juan Manuel Santos and the Farc, reached after four years of intense negotiations, means it cannot now be implemented.

Polls before the vote predicted that the yes camp would win with a comfortable 66% share. Santos had been confident of a yes result and said during the campaign that he did not have a plan Band that Colombia would return to war if the no vote won. His opponents, led
by former president Alvaro Uribe, said a win for their side would be a mandate for the government and rebels to negotiate a “better agreement”.

Both government and rebels have
repeatedly said that the deal was the best they could achieve and a
renegotiation would not be possible.

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