Posted on May 28, 2018 6:15 am
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In Conceding, Presidential Candidate and Former Chief Negotiator Humberto de la Calle Calls for ‘Defending the Peace Accords’ (S)

Humberto de la Calle, one of Colombia’s five presidential candidates, accepted his defeat but urged his followers to “defend the peace accords” with the guerrillas of FARC.

De la Calle, who led the peace negotiations with the now disbanded guerrilla group, won approximately 2% of the vote.

In a speech to his followers he held back his support to either Gustavo Petro or Iv├ín Duque, who will advance to the second round on June 17. He also asked his followers do “whatever your conscience dictates.”

Petro supports the agreement 2016 agreement signed with FARC, while Duque has said it would make serious modifications.

“We can not allow peace to burn,” De la Calle said as he conceded his defeat.

El Nuevo Herald