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Colombia president wins Nobel prize in boost for peace

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos delivers a speech at the presidential palace in Bogota next to his wife Maria Clemencia Rodriguez, after winning the Nobel Peace Prize 2016 on October 7, 2016Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for his efforts to end a half-century war with the FARC rebels, pledging to salvage a peace deal rejected by the people. The award was a surprise, coming just five days after Colombian voters shot down the historic accord Santos signed last month with the leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), Timoleon “Timochenko” Jimenez. The Norwegian Nobel committee said the award recognised Santos’s “resolute efforts” to bring Latin America’s longest war to end, and hailed his decision to put the peace deal to the people despite knowing it was controversial.

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