On 7 October 2016, the Nobel Committee announced Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos was awarded the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize (El Tiempo). The South American president will receive the prize for his work towards constructing a lasting peace with Colombia's principle guerrilla group, the FARC, and ending a 52-year-old war. Part of the prize, which he will receive in Oslo, Norway on 10 December, includes a $925,000 check, which Santos indicated he will donate to victims of the conflict (AFP).
In the wake of the unexpected victory of the "No" vote on Colombia's peace referendum, Santos winning the Nobel Peace Prize shows international support for the stalled peace process. Along with reenforcing the possibility of a peace accord, the prize is a major boost for the international image of Colombia.