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Colombia campaigns rally before truce vote

AAP logoAAP 1/10/2016

The parties in favour and against the Colombian government's peace deal with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas have moved into top gear before the campaign period closes in the last hours of Saturday.

President Juan Manuel Santos says the plebiscite, to be held on Sunday, fulfils his promise of letting the Colombian people have the last word on the peace deal with the guerrilla outfit, which concludes one of the longest-running conflicts in Latin America.

"This Sunday, one time we'll decide, we should also unite, all Colombians, we should also reconcile. Those for 'yes' and those for 'no'," Santos said, advocating for unity in the country.

One of the most colourful and emotive campaigns was conducted on Friday by students from 11 universities, championing the role of youth in building up the country and urging a vote in favour of the peace deal on Sunday.

"Abstention is respectable but I don't support it. If we don't participate we will continue to have the same people as always in power," Oscar Amariz, a political science student, said.

The groups against the peace dead also conducted a campaign in the country, saying they also wanted peace but not at any price.

The main leader of the "no" campaign, former president Alvaro Uribe, reiterated that approving the deal would grant total impunity to FARC.

The plebiscite was endorsed by the Constitutional Court on July 18; and for the peace deal to be approved on Sunday, it has to be backed by at least 13 per cent of the names in the electoral rolls, or 4,536,992 votes.

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