Colombian Rebels Agree to Exchange Guns for Political Participation
After 50 years, 220,000 deaths and hundreds of thousands of people displaced, Colombia’s guerrilla movement FARC has agreed to turn to politics. Peace talks between the government and the rebel group have been going on for a year in Havana, and yesterday’s announcement signals the resolution of one of their thorniest issues. The announcement could also give a much-needed political boost to Colombia’s president, Juan Manuel Santos, whose approval ratings have suffered from the slow pace of the talks. He must soon announce if he will seek re-election.