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The Nobel Prize for Peace

15:25, Friday, 07 October, 2016
The Nobel Prize for Peace

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has been awarded this year’s Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts—rejected by voters last week—to end the country’s decades-long civil war with FARC rebels.

The Nobel Committee said Santos was being given the award “for his resolute efforts to bring the country’s more than 50-year-long civil war to an end.” But the committee acknowledged that Colombian voters had narrowly rejected the deal in a nationwide referendum last weekend—one that stunned the world given that Santos and the FARC leader known as Timochenko had signed the deal on September 26 with much fanfare, flanked by officials from around the world, as well as members of the rebel group.

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