Citizens place roses on the agriculture building as tribute to Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos after he won the Nobel Peace Prize, in Bogota, Colombia, October 7, 2016. REUTERS/John Vizcaino
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Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos won the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize Friday for his efforts to end a 52-year-old war with Marxist guerrillas, a surprise choice and a show of support days after voters rejected a peace deal he signed with the rebels.The award excluded FARC guerrilla leader Rodrigo Londono, better-known by his nom de guerre Timochenko, who signed the peace accord with Santos in Cartagena on Sept. 26 .Asked why Londono was left out, committee leader Kaci Kullmann Five said Santos had been central to the process.The scion of one of Colombia's most prosperous families, Santos was not thought likely to spearhead a peace process with FARC, or Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.But though he had served as defense minister under hard-line ex-president Alvaro Uribe, when the FARC were weakened by a U.S.-backed offensive, Santos has used his two terms in office to open negotiations with rebel leaders in four years of talks.The peace talks made bitter enemies of Santos and Uribe, who accused his former protege of betraying FARC victims.
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