Colombian Congress Ratifies New Peace Deal

Rabat – Colombia’s Congress has approved a revised peace accord to end the 50-year conflict between the government and the Farc rebel group.The lower house ratified the pact a day after it was endorsed by the Senate.The deal aims to end an armed conflict that has killed more than 260,000 people over five decades. The first peace deal was rejected in a referendum, but the revised version does not require a popular vote.President Juan Manuel Santos welcomed what he called “landmark backing” for a start to the process by which thousands of Farc fighters will leave jungle camps and lay down their arms.The rebels are due to move to transition zones over the next six months, hand in their weapons and form a political party.The army will move into former Farc-controlled territory to prevent drug traffickers from taking it over.Both sides reached a peace agreement earlier this year after four years of talks in the Cuban capital, Havana.

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