Colombia: FARC withdraws Timo from presidential race due to ill-health

Common Alternative Revolutionary Force (FARC) party members announced that they will not field presidential candidate Rodrigo ‘Timochenko’ Londono in the country’s May presidential election during a press conference in Bogota on Thursday. “Due to widely known circumstances about the recovery process of our presidential candidate Timo, after the surgery he went through yesterday along what was... Еще already mentioned about the electoral contest, we decided to decline our presidential aspiration”, said FARC party’s senate candidate Ivan Marquez, as Timochenko was hospitalised earlier in the week due to heart problems. The party is yet to announce whether another candidate with stand in his place. “We start our campaign despite the fact that about 600 ex-combatants, today militants of our party, are in jail without favours from the amnesty law”, said FARC party vice president Imelda Daza, after the party announced the suspension of its campaigning activities last month, due to “threats to its candidates”. Formerly the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, the organisation has since transformed into a political party under the name Revolutionary Alternative Common Force, retaining its FARC initials. As part of the peace deal in which ended the 52-year civil war in 2016, the new political outfit will be guaranteed five seats in both houses of Congress until 2026.

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