The Colombian government has reached an agreement with leftist ELN rebels on a bilateral ceasefire starting October 1, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos announced on television Monday. The ceasefire will run for an initial 102 days through January 12, 2018, and will be renewed if progress continues to be made in negotiations between the two sides.
Colombia's most powerful former guerrilla force, FARC, is transitioning into the political arena. On Thursday, FARC unveiled the name and logo of its new political party. The acronym remains the same but the group's chosen party name is "Fuerza Alternativa Revolucionaria del Común" or "Common Alternative Revolutionary Force."
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