Thursday, 8 March 2018

Colombia election: Farc's Timochenko pulls out of race

The Farc former rebel group says its candidate for the presidential election in May is withdrawing from the race because of ill-health.

The group's leader, Rodrigo Londoño, is recovering after undergoing heart surgery in a Bogotá clinic on Wednesday.

Better known by his nom de guerre, "Timochenko", he had only been polling about 1% support.

But the group says it will continue to stand in legislative polls this Sunday.

Under the terms of the 2016 deal that brought an end to the Farc's half-century of armed struggle, it is guaranteed 10 seats in the legislature as long as it campaigns for them.

BBC      News.