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Colombian high court rejects Ivan Duque's objections to peace deal

Bogota, May 31 (RHC)-- Colombia's Constitutional Court rejected all six of President Ivan Duque'’s objections meant to prevent final approval of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP).

Approved as part of the Peace Agreement in 2016 under the administration of then-president Juan Manuel Santos, the JEP was monumental in ending half a century of violence between paramilitary groups and the country’s largest guerilla group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

However, in March, the current president -- Ivan Duque -- put the agreement in jeopardy after objecting to six of the 159 articles despite them having been previously approved by Congress. Among the articles brought into question were the suspension of extradition proceedings, reparations for victims and the softening of sentences for former militants willing to cooperate with authorities.

With a vote of 47 to 34, the president’s concerns were dismissed.  According to Judge Gloria Ortiz, head of the high court, Duque can no longer press any further objections and must now approve the bill.


Edited by Ed Newman
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