The Colombian government and FARC rebels have been holding peace talks for more than three years. The country's civil war has cost more than 200,000 lives. It's hoped an accord will finally be reached by the end of 2016.
Seuxis Hernandez Solarte, a key FARC rebel group negotiator in the Colombian peace agreement of 2016, was set to become a member of the country's parliament. Now the former guerrilla member may be extradited to the US.
Marking its first election, FARC has failed to add to its 10 seats granted by the Colombian peace accord. But the Democratic Center secured an increase of more than 40 percent in the lower house by opposing the deal.
President Lenin Moreno confirmed the deaths when the deadline ended after the kidnappers failed to show the press workers were still alive. The president promised a "devastating" military response.
A right-wing opponent to the peace deal will face off against a leftist former mayor for the Colombian presidency in May. The primaries were held alongside legislative elections which allowed former rebels to stand.
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