Colombia: Farc transforms itself into a political party

COLOMBIA’S communist army the Farc relaunched itself as a political party yesterday at a concert for “reconciliation and peace” in Bolivar Square, Bogota.

The guerilla movement, which fought one of the longest civil wars in history until agreeing to a ceasefire with the government last year, confirmed its new name at the end of its congress on Thursday.

It is now known as the Revolutionary Alternative Forces of the Commons, which will allow it to retain the Farc acronym derived from its original name, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.