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Colombia's Congress Ratifies Peace Deal With FARC Rebels

The government and FARC worked together in Cuba for four years to negotiate an end to the region's longest-running conflict

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    In this Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016, photo, women hug during a rally in support of the peace process with rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, FARC, a few blocks from the venue where Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos and top FARC rebel leader Rodrigo Londono signed a revised peace pact, in Bogota, Colombia. An original accord ending the half century conflict was rejected by voters in a referendum last month.

    Colombia's Congress approved a new peace deal with FARC rebels late on Wednesday, despite objections from former President and now Senator Alvaro Uribe, who said it was still too lenient on the insurgents who have battled the government for 52 years, NBC News reported. 

    The agreement was approved in the lower house by 130-0, a day after the Senate ratified it 75-0. Lawmakers from Uribe's Democratic Center party left the floors of both houses in protest just before voting began.

    The new agreement to end Latin America's longest insurgency was put together in just over a month after the original pact — which allowed the rebels to hold public office and skip jail — was narrowly and unexpectedly defeated in an Oct. 2 referendum.

    The government and FARC worked together in Cuba for four years to negotiate an end to the region's longest-running conflict that has killed more than 220,000 and displaced millions in the Andean nation.