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.
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