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Uribe's crucial role in Colombia's future

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>> In the shocking aftermath of a referendum in Colombia rejecting a peace deal with FARC rebels that could have ended 52 years of war, all eyes are now on opposition leader Alvaro Uribe. The former president and his right wing party have been the fiercest critics of the peace deal, which they argue gave too many concessions to the guerillas.
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Reuters correspondent, Antonia Eklund is in Bogata.>> This vote showed just how much power he still wields over the nation after he stepped down from the presidency in 2010. And he is now expected to seek harsher punishments for the FARC rebels in the name of peace with greater justice.
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The other sticking point is the opportunity for the FARC to run as political candidates. Ten Congressional seats will be guaranteed for the political party to transition out of the FARC forces, though Uribe says that this is unconstitutional for FARC leaders to run whilst they face charges and judicial investigations.
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>> No voters, who won with a slim victory, also want assurances the rebels will hand in cash earned from drug smuggling, and spend time in jail. Any renegotiated peace accord now seems to depend on whether FARC could accept a tougher deal.>> Though many people said that they were pleased that there was a potential for certain issues to be renegotiated.
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One of the these issues that many people spoke about were the salaries promised to rebel fighters. Under the agreement, each fighter is promised 90% of the minimum wage, roughly $200 for two years following disarmament. As was initial a payment of roughly $2,300 to start a business and to aid transition back into civil society.
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>> Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos has staked his legacy on achieving peace, putting on a brave face after the rejection. He said the ceasefire's, the result of four years of negotiating in Havana will continue.