Colom­bians fa­vor­ing peace deal by a ra­zor-thin mar­gin

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

A ref­er­en­dum on Colom­bia’s peace deal with left­ist rebels was go­ing far worse than ex­pected for the gov­ern­ment Sun­day, with those fa­vor­ing the deal lead­ing by a ra­zor-thin mar­gin with more than half the votes counted.

Polls taken be­fore the na­tional ref­er­en­dum, in which vot­ers were asked whether they wanted to rat­ify or re­ject a deal end­ing a half-cen­tury of hos­til­i­ties with the Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Armed Forces of Colom­bia, had pointed to the “yes” vote win­ning by an al­most 2-1 mar­gin. But with 69 per­cent of polling sta­tions re­port­ing, just 50.1 per­cent fa­vored the ac­cord while 49.9 per­cent re­jected it — a dif­fer­ence of less than 10,000 votes.

The gov­ern­ment hadn’t taken vic­tory for granted af­ter a highly po­lar­ized cam­paign that ex­posed how steep a chal­lenge it faces im­ple­ment­ing the 297-page ac­cord and bring­ing about real rec­on­cil­i­a­tion. Colom­bians over­whelm­ingly loathe the FARC, which the U.S. con­sid­ers a ter­ror­ist group, and many con­sider pro­vi­sions in the ac­cord that would spare the rebels jail time an in­sult.

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