Colombia: FARC Peace Deal Is on the Rocks Again

May 18, 2017 | 18:32 GMT

Colombia's road to peace is riddle with potholes, and today the country hit a big one. On May 17, Colombia's Constitutional Court, accepting a legal challenge introduced by Ivan Duque of the right wing Democratic Center party, amended two aspects of the law allowing Congress to approve the legislation underpinning the government's peace agreement with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). After voters struck down the original FARC peace deal in a national referendum in October 2016, the government decided to approve the laws to implement the agreement through Congress using fast track powers granted by the Constitutional Court. These powers cut down the time needed to approve the laws in Congress, something the government, which only has about a year left to finalize the deal before it has to hand over power to a successor government, desperately wanted. Now that they have been altered, implementing meaningful peace could...

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