Viewpoint: What next for Colombia after 'no' vote?

October 3, 2016 4:33 PM

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Viewpoint: What next for Colombia after 'no' vote?

Colombians have narrowly rejected a peace agreement aimed at ending more than five decades of armed conflict. In a popular vote on Sunday, 50.2% voted against the agreement and 49.8% in favour. Juan David Gutierrez is a former adviser to the Colombian Minister of Justice. A Colombian national, he is now studying at Oxford University, where he has been fielding questions about how the deal was rejected and what may come next.

Non-Colombians have been puzzled not only by why so many Colombians have rejected the peace deal between the government and the Farc guerrilla group but also by how few turned out to vote.

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