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Former FARC Rebels Face The Ballot In Colombia Congressional Elections

After signing a peace deal with the Colombian government in 2016, the FARC are running a total of 74 candidates for Senate and House of Representative seats.
A man casts his vote at a polling station in Cali, Valle del Cauca Department, during parliamentary elections in Colombia on March 11. The elections are the first that FARC will partake in as a legal political party. (Luis Robayo/AFP/Getty Images) Source: Luis Robayo

Colombia's former FARC guerrilla group is making its electoral debut as a recognized political party in congressional elections on Sunday.

The FARC became a political party in December 2016, after signing a peace deal that ended 52 years of bloody civil conflict in which more than 200,000 people were killed and an estimated 8 million were displaced.

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