December 12, 2017

Colombia: Supreme Court “fast tracks” FARC deal

Colombia approves fast-track application of peace deal with FARC, granting president Santos special powers,

The peace deal was approved on December 1 by the Congress, which then proposed the fast track measure, also known as the “Special Legislative Procedure for Peace”.

The fast track procedure grants President Juan Manuel Santos, who spearheaded the peace drive, special powers to “facilitate and assure the peace agreements”, the news agency said.

It also calls for shorter or fewer legislative debates to speed up the adoption of the reform.

Former president Uribe points out (link in Spanish) that the Fast Track provision should have only come into effect if the so-called peace agreement was approved by plebiscite, which it wasn’t. He also notes that this ruling establishes a dangerous precedent, as the Supreme Court yields to pressure from both Congress and the FARC.

Read more here.

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Fausta Wertz was born and raised in Puerto Rico. She’s a graduate of the University of Georgia and has an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She blogs at Fausta’s blog on American and Latin American politics, news, current events and culture.