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The new peace deal betrays Colombian democracy

The president has U-turned on his promise to get the people’s approval

By Daniel Rey  

Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos ©Fernando Vergara/AP/Press Association Images

“Do you support the final agreement to end the conflict and build a stable and lasting peace?” As referendum questions go, it was hardly phrased in the most objective way. Nonetheless, on 2nd October, 50.2 per cent of Colombian voters disagreed with it. Now, as he seeks to end a 52-year conflict with a guerrilla insurgency, President Juan Manuel Santos has U-turned on one of his fundamental pledges of the peace…

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