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 »