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The FARC withdraws its candidacy for the presidency of Colombia

The guerrillas, who will participate in the legislatures, renounce the presidential elections for the fragile health of its leader, Timochenko

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The FARC withdraws its candidacy for the presidency of Colombia

The FARC is departing from presidential race in Colombia. The former guerrilla party resigned this Thursday to candidacy of Rodrigo Londoño, Timochenko, leader of organization, and his number two, activist Imelda Daza. The decision responds, according to communiqué read by Iván Márquez, head of list to Senate, to fragile health of ex-combatant and to attempts of aggression suffered by aspirant. The revolutionary alternative force of common, political heiress of insurgent group, has a social acceptance almost nil by unpopularity accumulated for more than half a century of armed conflict and intention to vote to Timochenko barely hovered at 1%.

"We were forced to a temporary suspension of campaign for absence of guarantees and, particularly, by attacks that was subject of our presidential candidate [...] Instigated by sectors of democratic center, which threatened ir personal integrity and led us to think that a assassination could be forged, " party reported, trying to hold training founded in 2013 by former President Álvaro Uribe.

"Circumstances widely known by public opinion on process of recovering our candidate Timo, after surgery practiced yesterday, toger with those already mentioned on traits of election contest, have led us to decline our Presidential aspiration, " communiqué continues. "We are grateful to Timo and Imelda for accepting our candidacy, knowing both structural limits that have alternative forces for exercise of politics and electoral participation." Yesterday he underwent coronary bypass surgery. In July he suffered a cerebral ischemia caused by a heart disease.

In any case, FARC will participate this Sunday in its first electoral contest, a legislative elections that, for or candidates, will define positions of exit of presidential ones of May 27. The organization will enter institutions with ten guaranteed seats — five in House of Representatives and five in Senate — under peace agreement signed in 2016 with government of Juan Manuel Santos.

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