Colombian voters reject peace deal with rebels

'Yes' voters looked shocked as the result came in. Credit: Reuters

Colombian voters have rejected a peace deal with the country's largest rebel movement by a razor-thin margin in a national referendum.

The deal was intended to end the 52-year war between Marxist FARC rebels and the Government, with the rebels promising to turn in their weapons and fight for power at the ballot box.

But some 50.2% of voters opposed the deal, with a difference of less than 59,000 votes out of 13 million counted in the war-torn nation.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos accepted the "no" result but said a ceasefire would continue.

He said he would meet with all political parties on Monday to find a way forward for the peace process.