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The FARC just became a Colombian political party. Here’s why elections are critical to a lasting peace.

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  • Aila M. Matanock
| Aug. 30, 2017

This week the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) is introducing its political party. The U.N. Security Council also recently unanimously approved a resolution authorizing a mission in Colombia that would run through the 2018 elections in which FARC candidates will compete.

The Colombian government and the FARC struck a peace deal in 2016, ending decades of conflict. The transition to normal politics and the outside verification of that process taking place now are part of that deal. The approval process hit a number of obstacles, however, and challenges remain on how to implement an overhaul of land and rebuild a stable society. Will the elections in 2018 in Colombia cement the peace?

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For Academic Citation: Matanock, Aila M..“The FARC just became a Colombian political party. Here’s why elections are critical to a lasting peace..” The Washington Post, August 30, 2017.

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