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  • Londoño, also known as 'Timochenko,' said Wednesday that he would not be quitting the presidential race to support leftist candidate Gustavo Petro.

    Londoño, also known as 'Timochenko,' said Wednesday that he would not be quitting the presidential race to support leftist candidate Gustavo Petro. | Photo: Reuters

Published 28 February 2018

Londoño, also known as 'Timochenko,' said Wednesday that he would not be quitting the presidential race to support leftist candidate Gustavo Petro.

The head of Colombia's Revolutionary Alternative Force for the Commons (FARC), Rodrigo Londoño, has vowed to continue his presidential elections campaign despite funding challenges.

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Londoño, also known as 'Timochenko,' said Wednesday that he would not be quitting the presidential race to support leftist candidate Gustavo Petro, despite rumors to the contrary.

Petro is currently leading opinion polls ahead of the May 22 elections, while Londoño is trailing in last place, Reuters reports.

"We continue in the campaign, I'm not going to give up the candidacy because that was a task that gave me the game and as such I assume it," Lodoño told a press conference.

The former rebel leader turned politician also said voters must choose a transitional government that will resurrect Colombia's faltering peace agreement and guarantee its implementation.

The March 11 legislative elections and May 22 presidential elections represent the first electoral challenge for the FARC, the new political party formed by former combatants.

Londoño is waiting for court authorization to officially register his candidacy and receive state funding for his presidential campaign.

The FARC will present 74 congressional candidates on March 11, with the intention of obtaining more than the 10 seats guaranteed by the peace agreement signed with the government at the end of 2016.

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