Colombian President Wins Nobel Peace Prize

The Nobel peace prize has been awarded to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos for his efforts to end a long civil war between Colombia and the Farc rebels.

The 52-year-old conflict led to death of more than 200, 000 people and over 5 million people internally displaced.

The Nobel committee in Norway praised him for his peace agreement with Farc rebels, signed last month after four years of negotiations.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2016 to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos for his resolute efforts to bring the country’s more than 50-year-long civil war to an end,” said committee chairwoman Kaci Kullmann Five.

“The award should also be seen as a tribute to the Colombian people,” she added.

However, the Colombians rejected the deal by a 50.2% referendum vote held on the 2nd of October.  Despite the outcome, Santos vowed to continue negotiations with the rebels.

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