The Colombian president is the Nobel laureate. But, in a plebiscite last week, Colombians rejected his proposed deal to end the war with Farc. Can he still get his hands on the real prize – lasting peace?
The winner of this year’s Nobel peace prize was, for reasons of time difference, still asleep when the honour was announced on Friday morning – it was the middle of the night in Colombia, where Juan Manuel Santos is president. According to Norwegian television, his staff are so loyal they refused to awake him.
The award to Santos was remarkable, mostly for its timing, in a different way. It came just days after Colombians had voted to reject a peace deal that his government had secured after four years’ negotiation with the Farc guerrilla group.