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Colombia’s FARC name a new leader and promise to fight on

Tuesday, November 15th 2011 - 23:03 UTC
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Timochenko, 52, has been a member of the seven member ruling secretariat since early 1990s Timochenko, 52, has been a member of the seven member ruling secretariat since early 1990s

Colombia's FARC guerrillas named Timoleon Jimenez, known as Timochenko, as the group's new leader after its previous boss was killed this month, according to a rebel statement published on a website.

In one of the largest strikes against the guerrillas, Colombian forces killed FARC leader Alfonso Cano on November 4. But the insurgents vowed to fight on, dampening hopes that his death might bring the nation closer to peace.

“We want to inform you that Comrade Timoleon Jimenez, with a unanimous vote by his companions in the secretariat, was designated on November 5 as the new commander of the FARC,” said a statement published on a news website called the Bolivarian Press Agency that usually carries messages from the rebels.

Timochenko, 52, has been a member of the seven-member ruling secretariat since the early 1990s. He is believed to operate in the Norte de Santander province on the border with Venezuela.

The FARC new leader has been a member of the group since the early 1980s and has at least 117 outstanding warrants.

Colombia which has become Latin America's number four oil producer has been successful in fighting back the Marxist oriented, drugs financed rebels since launching a US-funded military crackdown in 2002.

The improved political and stability situation has attracted billions of dollars in foreign investment making the Colombian peso one of the strongest currencies in the region. However ambushes, bombings and combat still happen regularly in certain areas of the country.

After the killing of Alfonso Cano, President Juan Manuel Gomez called on the guerrillas groups to demobilize, pointing out that the government will continue with its policy of clearing the country of armed insurgents.

Categories: Politics, Latin America.

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  • GeoffWard2

    In the Battle of Stalingrad,
    the first Russian infantryman carried the rifle,
    when he fell, the next one picked it up until he fell,
    then the next one picked it up . . . . . .
    . . . . .

    FARC will have someone to step up when the leader falls, but this may not be always so.
    Unlike Stalingrad, where the selfless resistance bought time for new armies and weapons to be forged and deployed, FARC is faltering in its message and its following.

    There will come a time when the saddened remnants simply call it a day and simply fade back into the anonymity of those war-wearied populations.

    “ . . . This is the way the world ends,
    not with a bang
    but with a whimper.”
    -- T.S. Eliot, “The Hollow Man”

    Nov 16th, 2011 - 10:56 pm 0
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