Colombians snub Farc in its first national election

Mar 12, 2018, 7:49 AM EDT
Ivan Duque, presidential candidate of the Centro Democratico party.
(Source: Iván Duque/flickr)

The former Farc guerrillas, now a political party, managed to secure a paltry 0.4% of the total number of votes in their first national election, an outcome that raises questions over the fate of their peace agreement with the government.

Right-wing parties emerged as a dominant force in the polls but none could reach the majority mark, writes the BBC. The result is a testament to Farc’s eroded clout now that they have laid down their weapons.

The Farc, which was expected to lose in its debut election, is guaranteed 10 Congressional seats as part of the peace agreement, notes Al Jazeera.