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Colombian court rejection of fast-track mechanism for FARC peace accord legislation raises civil war and terrorism risk

19 May 2017

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On 17 May, the Constitutional Court ruled against two clauses included in the 2016 Legislative Act for Peace, which establishes the mechanism for the approval of legislation needed to implement the peace agreement signed between the government and the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) in November 2016.

The first clause prevented Congress from making modifications to implementing legislation that did not respect the conditions of the peace agreement without the approval of the government.

The second allowed the government to present blocks of legislation for approval without the need to debate each individually. FARC legal representative Enrique Santiago has called for the establishment of a constituent assembly to pass implementing legislation.

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