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Published On: Sat, Sep 2nd, 2017

Colombia’s FARC reborn as political party

nsnbc : Colombia’s former guerrilla las launched itself as Alternative Revolutionary Communal Forces keeping its FARC acronym and completing its transformation from a guerrilla to a legal, non-militant political party.

FARC founding congress_Sep 2017_Bogota_ColombiaChanging the acronym from the FARC-EP to the FARC the party keeps the well-known acronym. The party also explains that the keeping of the acronym and the focus of revolutionary alternative has been chosen because the group will not deny its past and continue to be a revolutionary party that represents those who have been disenfranchised, to continue to be a voice for those who have no say, and so forth.

The party was set to hold a formal founding ceremony on September 1 on Bolivar Square, near the presidential palace in the heart of the political district in the capital. Demobilized and renamed, it now faces a struggle for political acceptance in a country scarred by decades of attacks and kidnappings. However, recent polls show that the FARC may not have enough support to aim at government, but that its approval ratings are better than the ones of most other parties, especially of those of established liberal – neoliberal and conservatives.

Delegates from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – People’s Army (FARC)-EP  have spent the week in a founding congress to choose their political representatives for the FARC. The choice of name was the other key item on the agenda. The group’s leader Rodrigo Londono announced it on Twitter on Thursday evening. Some FARC leaders wanted to keep the “revolutionary” element while others favored softening the group’s image by dropping it in favor of “New Colombia.”

Londono, also known as Timochenko, said 628 delegates at the congress voted for Common Alternative Revolutionary Force, with 264 for “New Colombia.” In Spanish the new name, Fuerza Alternativa Revolucionaria del Comun.

A/N – nsnbc 02.09.2017

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