Presidential candidate and former guerilla Rodrigo Londoño, aka Timochenko, is launching a tour of Colombia to commence his campaign for the country's forthcoming elections.
First stop for the Revolutionary Alternative Forces of the Commons (FARC) leader is the department of Quindio, which holds special importance in Timochenko's career: not only is it his home, but it's also where he first began his mission as a revolutionary.
Posting on Twitter on Friday, Timochenko said: "We decided to start our presidential tour of Colombia in the first place our struggle started, together with Manuel Marulanda, the department where I was born – my beloved little homeland."
During a trip to the city of Armenia on Friday, Timochenko discussed his proposals with a focus on peace, reconciliation and social justice, consistent with statements made by the FARC since the 2016 signing of the Peace Agreement.
Continuing his journey, Timochenko is due in Genoa on Saturday to meet rural communities and offer his views on land disputes, mining and environmental issues. He plans to travel to his native town of La Tebaida followed by Quindio and Quimbaya on Sunday.
"We signed a Peace Agreement, we put down our weapons, we became a political party: no one can doubt our seriousness and disposition to commit," the FARC leader said.Also campaigning are Democratic Center representative Ivan Duque; FARC former peace negotiator Humberto de la Calle; defense ministers Juan Carlos Punzon and Marta Lucia Ramirez, and Colombian former Vice-President German Vargas Lleras.