Cristóbal Vásquez

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“No” supporters gather at a rally following their victory in the referendum on a peace accord to end the guerrilla war between the FARC and the state on Oct. 2 in Bogota, Colombia. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

On Sunday, Colombians voted “no” in a referendum to accept a historic peace agreement between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the armed leftist rebel group that has been at war with the state for more than a half-century.

What happened? How could Colombians reject such an opportunity to end the country’s horrible conflict? No one has an accurate answer yet; even those who opposed the negotiations were surprised by the results. Media outlets and national polls expected a significant win for the “yes” supporters.

Some say that the rejection happened because of President Juan Manuel Santos’s repudiation of those who opposed the peace agreement; others argue that a large percentage of voters hid their true opinions in public but expressed their real desires when it came time to vote.…  Seguir leyendo »