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Nov 23, 2016 | 18:28 GMT

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Colombia: Opposition Issues Proposal To Recall Congress

Lawmakers from Colombia's opposition Democratic Center party presented a request Nov. 23 to call a referendum on recalling Congress, Caracol reported. For a referendum to occur, 40 percent of those who voted in 2014 elections would need to approve. To recall the Congress, 60 percent of those who voted in 2014 would need to approve. Congress is set to vote on whether to approve a newly drafted peace deal with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) that modifies one rejected by voters in October, and the opposition says the public should be allowed to choose those who will decide on the deal. Presiding lawmaker Mauricio Lizano, however, said the congressional vote on ratifying the agreement would occur next week, leaving little time for a recall. Furthermore, the policy on recalling government officials is vague, and any referendum on the matter would devolve into legal conflict. The Colombian government has encountered enormous headwinds in its effort to secure a peace deal with the FARC. In October, the public rejected Bogota's carefully negotiated terms in a nationwide plebiscite. Opponents of the deal said it fails to adequately punish the militant group for actions taken during its decadeslong insurgency.

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