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Nobel Peace Prize 2016 goes to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos
The 2016 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos. The announcement was made today.
Santos was awarded the prize for his efforts to bring peace to the country by signing an agreement with the Marxist rebels to end a war that has stretched for 52 years. Till now, the war has killed more than 200,000 people in Colombia.

Even though Columbians have rejected the agreement through a referendum that was held on Sunday, Santos has promised to revive peace in the region. The agreement that was reached after more than five years of secret negotiations in Cuba, was rejected by referendum in less than a week.

Though the committee strongly opposed the referendum and said, "it could lead to a flare-up of conflict and civil war in the country." But the committee leader also added that voters have not said 'No' to peace but to the agreement.

"The award should also be seen as a tribute to the Colombian people," committee leader Kaci Kullmann Five said while announcing the prize.

Asserting their faith in Santos, the committee spokeswoman said, "The committee hopes that the peace prize will give him strength to succeed in this demanding task. Further it is the committee's hope that in the year's to come, the Colombian people will reap the fruits of the reconciliation process."

As per the peace deal Santos negotiated with the rebel leader Londono, rebels who turn over their weapons and confess to war crimes will be spared time in jail. Ensuring a smooth transition of FARC from a rebel to a political party, they will also get 10 seats in Congress through 2026.

The Nobel Peace Prize is worth 8 million Swedish crowns ($930,000).

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