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Peace deal in hand, Colombia heads toward high-stakes referendum

Colombian government delegation head Humberto de la Calle (R) and FARC-EP Commander Ivan Marquez (L) shake hands after signing a peace agreement at the Convention Palace in Havana, Cuba on August 24, 2016After sealing a historic peace accord with the FARC rebels, the Colombian government launched a campaign Thursday to persuade voters to adopt it in a referendum on October 2. President Juan Manuel Santos, who has staked his legacy on the peace process, faces a tough political battle to win the referendum. Uribe told the newspaper El Heraldo he would give a speech on the deal Friday, once he has been able to read the final text — which Santos was due to send to Congress on Thursday.

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