Colombia vote seen as referendum on rebel peace talks

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A woman holds up a white flag that reads: "Long Live Peace", on February 7, 2012, in Villa Rica, Cauca department, Colombia, during a march against violenceColombians head to the polls Sunday to elect new legislators in a vote seen as a referendum on peace talks with leftist guerrillas and a bellwether for May’s presidential election. Peace talks that President Jose Manuel Santos has held with the Marxist rebels have dominated political life in Colombia since they opened in late 2012 in Cuba. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), Latin America’s oldest insurgency, have been at war with the Colombian state for 50 years. That is essential for the peace process, which most Colombians support.

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