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Colombia's FARC rebels launch political party

Staff Writer | September 2, 2017
Colombia's FARC rebel group has realigned itself as a political party following an accord that ended one of Latin America's longest guerrilla wars.
LatAm   Common Alternative Revolutionary Force
The Marxist-inspired guerrilla rebels responsible for terrorizing the country for decades with kidnappings, bombings, extortion and the deaths of more than 220,000 people look to enter the political arena with a new name and logo but some of the same principles.

FARC's shift in focus began in June, when the militant group became fully disarmed as part of a peace agreement with the government.

"We will fight against corruption and the rot of those who have been governing our country," FARC leader Pablo Catatumbo said of the new political party's goals.

Formerly known as Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, the group changed its name to Common Alternative Revolutionary Force, which maintains the four-letter acronym in Spanish.