Colombia: FARC relaunches as political party

Supporters of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) celebrated the relaunching of their group as the civilian political party Common Alternative Revolutionary Force, in Bogota's Bolivar Square, Friday. FARC supporters hailed the group's relaunch by waving flags spelling the group's name. While FARC has kept its acronym, it has changed its full name to the 'Common Alternative... Еще Revolutionary Force' and exchanged its signatory mark of rifles for the design of a red rose. An honourary concert was performed in the evening, at which FARC leader Rodrigo Londono gave a speech. FARC kicked off the first congress since the conclusion of the disarmament process following the historic peace accord with the Colombian government last Sunday. The aim of the congress was to choose a new name for the recently demobilised group and transform it into a political party. The Colombian government and FARC agreed a peace deal on November 12 in which the rebel group agreed to give up arms and transform itself into a legally recognised political party. The UN has received 7,132 weapons from the rebels.

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