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FARC withdrawing from Colombian presidential race

AFP  |  Bogota 

Colombia's today said it is pulling out of the country's after its candidate, 59-year-old ex-guerrilla leader Rodrigo "Timochenko" Londono, suffered a

Ivan Marquez, a of the political party formed by the former rebels, told reporters that party members decided not to field a candidate after Londono underwent on Wednesday.

Since the peace deal struck with the government of outgoing in 2016, the gave up its half-century armed struggle and became a political party keeping the same acronym.

Colombia's is scheduled for May 27, with a possible set for mid-June.

Surveys showed that Londono -- candidate for the Common -- had just one percent voter support.

Marquez however said his party is not set for Sunday. The peace agreement guarantees at least ten seats for the FARC, but they must campaign for them.

Londono suffered a last week at the end of his daily exercise routine. He has had serious health scares before: in 2015 he had a in while negotiating the peace deal, and in July 2017 he suffered a


The ex-rebel leader is undergoing a "satisfactory" recovery, Marquez said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, March 08 2018. 21:20 IST
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