World Digest: March 8, 2018


The political party formed by Colombia’s once-largest rebel group withdrew a former guerrilla commander from the race for president on Thursday, citing both criticism of the political process and his serious health problems.

Rodrigo Londoño, better known as Timochenko, will not seek the presidency in the May 27 election, leaders of the Common Alternative Revolutionary Force said.

The rebel group known as the FARC reached a historic peace deal with the government in 2016, allowing it to start a political party in exchange for disarming and confessing any crimes.

But the party halted its legislative and presidential campaigns because of security concerns. Leaders also said that the group has had to endure crippling financial restrictions.

In addition, Londoño is recovering from coronary bypass surgery performed Wednesday. Doctors diagnosed him with chronic lung disease and a clogged artery.

Some Colombians have been reluctant to embrace the peace accord, which followed more than

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