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    Ex-guerillas suspend political campaigns in Colombia

    BOGOTA — Former combatants with Colombia’s once largest rebel group are suspending their political campaign activities amid mounting security concerns.

    Flanked by armed police officers, leaders of the Common Alternative Revolutionary Force political party announced Friday that they will halt campaign events until their safety can be assured.

    ‘‘We call on the government to ensure the right to political participation,’’ said former guerrilla leader Jorge Torres.

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    Since launching their campaigns less than two weeks ago, the former combatants have encountered angry mobs and protests, underscoring the challenges of reconciliation that remain after the signing of a 2016 peace agreement.

    ASSOCIATED PRESS