Colombians to vote on hostage swap

Jan. 27, 2006 at 1:17 PM

BOGOTA, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Colombian voters will be deciding whether the government should swap jailed leftist rebels for the hostages they hold.

The referendum will be held the same time as congressional elections in March, El Tiempo reported Friday.

The latest polls suggest Colombians are behind the deal.

"There is total support for this proposal," said Colombia's Peace Commissioner Luis Carlos Restrepo.

The county's largest rebel group, the Revolutionary Armed Force of Colombia, are currently holding about 60 hostages, say Colombian officials, including former presidential hopeful Ingrid Betancourt

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Trending Stories
Ted Cruz campaign pulls ad featuring softcore porn actress
Lonely horse forms close bond with rescue dog
Ruby Rose, Gigi Hadid react to Kanye West's lyric about Taylor Swift
Kristen Wiig impersonates Peyton Manning on 'The Tonight Show'
NYC police officer found guilty of manslaughter in Brooklyn stairway shooting