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FARC rebel group renames itself for a political innings

Sep 01, 2017, 5:50 AM EDT
Farc leader Rodrigo Londono
(Source: Policía Nacional de los colombianos/flickr)

Colombia’s Farc rebel group, which laid down weapons under a 2016 peace deal, has renamed itself as the Common Alternative Revolutionary Force as it enters the civilian political landscape after ending over 50 years of bloodshed.

The leaders of the rebranded group, however, retained the acronym “Farc” to preserve the revolutionary spirit of the Marxist struggle, writes Al Jazeera.

As per the provisions of the peace agreement signed last year, Farc’s party will get 10 automatic seats in Congress through 2026, while it remains unclear if Colombians would back the group responsible for about 220,000 casualties over last half a century, notes The Telegraph.