Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in achieving a peace deal with the FARC rebels and ending a 52-year-long conflict.
Santos’ win came as a surprise after Colombians voted “No” to an agreement he signed with Marxist rebels to end 52 years of war.
Reuters reports that Santos had promised to revive a peace plan even though Colombians, in a referendum on Sunday, narrowly rejected the accord. Many voters reckoned it was too lenient on the FARC guerrillas.
The Nobel Peace Prize, a gold medal, a diploma and a cheque worth 8 million Swedish crowns ($930,000), will be presented in Oslo on December. 10 at a ceremony tp mark the anniversary of the 1896 death of prize creator Alfred Nobel, a Swedish philanthropist and scientist.