Comunes, the new name of the FARC political party

Rodrigo Londoño, president of the FARC party and former leader of the guerrilla.
EFE

The Colombian political party Fuerza Alternativa Revolucionaria del Común (FARC), which emerged from the demobilization of the guerrillas, changed its name and will now be called Comunes, members of that movement reported this Sunday.

“We have just changed the name of our party, from from now on it will be called the Commons party “, Senator Griselda Lobo, known as “Sandra Ramírez”, expressed in a video posted on her social networks after the second Extraordinary National Assembly of that movement after her demobilization.

The congresswoman explained that this name was chosen in a vote among three proposed options, which completed the “Popular Unity of the Common” and “Force of the Common”, and with what they seek to disassociate themselves from the old guerrilla.

“From now on we will be the Communes Party, a party for the construction of peace and the fight for the New Colombia,” said Pastor Alape, delegate of that movement in the National Reincorporation Council (CNR), on Twitter.

In August 2017, nine months after the signing of the peace agreement, the former guerrilla group defined in a congress that its political name would be Fuerza Alternativa Revolucionaria del Común, and its logo, a rose that evokes social democratic symbols.

However, different sectors of the country criticized the decision of the FARC at that time to continue using that acronym after laying down its arms because the link with the guerrilla was inevitable, something that its own leaders recognize today.

In that sense, the party president, Rodrigo Londoño, known in his time as a guerrilla as “Timochenko”, He proposed to the FARC militants to change the name of the party and asked them to propose other names in the assembly.

“The practice, the reality, showed that it was not the right thing to do (keep the FARC name). I hope that in this second extraordinary assembly of the party, for life, for peace with social justice, the militancy will debate this issue and change the name of the party, “added Londoño on January 20.

That party held from Friday until today an extraordinary assembly in which the topics to be debated were the change of name, logo and legal representative; the new program of the movement and the elections of 2022.

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