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| 12/10/2009 12:00:00 AM

Father of Rebel Captive Announces Colombian Senate Bid

Dec 10--The father of a Colombian soldier who is the longest-held captive of leftist FARC rebels said he will be running for the Senate in March 2010 elections.

Teacher Gustavo Moncayo, known as the “Peace Walker” for the long protest treks he has made in Colombia, Venezuela and some European countries since 2007 to call attention to his son’s plight, announced his political aspirations Tuesday at an event in downtown Bogota.

Moncayo, 57, will run as a candidate of the leftist main opposition Alternative Democratic Pole party.

He said that if elected he will work for peace, for those displaced by violence and the release of all those held captive by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.

Colombians will go to the polls in March 2010 to elect senators and lower-house lawmakers, while the presidential balloting will take place in late May.

Cpl. Pablo Emilio Moncayo was captured in December 1997 during a FARC attack on an army post on Patascoy hill in southwestern Colombia.
 
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