Followers of the political party FARC, react during the closing of their campaign before legislative elections in Fusagasuga, Colombia March 3, 2018. Picture taken March 3, 2018. REUTERS/Felipe Caicedo
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Colombia's former leftist guerrillas face their first electoral test as a political party Sunday in congressional voting also seen as a measure of the strength of the country's factions two months before presidential elections.The elections will include two presidential primaries: one for leftist candidates and another for candidates backed by conservative movements.The conservative primary will likely be won by Ivan Duque, a pro-business candidate and close ally of former President Alvaro Uribe, who has criticized Colombia's government for giving too many legal and political benefits to former rebels, whose formal party name is now the Common Alternative Revolutionary Force, or FARC in Spanish.Presidential elections will take place in Colombia on May 27, but there is a crowded field of candidates and pollsters doubt that any of them will garner enough votes to win the race outright.
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