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Why Politics Won’t Come Easy for the Newly Disarmed FARC

September 06, 2017

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia’s (FARC) move into politics came to the accordion-rich tune of vallenato.

On Sept. 1, the former armed group held a free concert for supporters in Bogotá’s historic Simón Bolívar square, capping off a week-long conference that confirmed its transformation into a full-fledged political party. Many of the 10,000 or so in attendance traveled across Colombia to take part in the celebration – and bear witness to the first day of the FARC’s political future. 

“My hope is that the FARC can become the party that stands up to the corruption...

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