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The FARC-EP leftist guerrilla commander Ivan Marquez (R) speaks with the head of the Colombian delegation to the peace talks in Cuba in 2016. Photo: YAMIL LAGE / AFP / Getty Images

Colombians are voting Sunday in congressional elections, with former members of the FARC guerilla group taking part in their first election in advance of a presidential vote in May, BBC reports.

  • Why it matters: The formers members, whose political party is called the Revolutionary Alternative Common Force (or FARC), were automatically given 10 congressional seats as part of a historic peace accord signed in 2016, which ended over 50 years of bloody conflict that killed more than 260,000 people and left millions displaced.
  • What's happening: The new party is facing an uphill battle. Former leader Rodrigo Londoño ended his bid for president last week due to health issues, though the party is still expected to run a candidate in May's first round election. Per the BBC, the ruling Centro Democratico party is predicted to win the most seats on Sunday.

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Why it matters: Most tech firms talk up the power of transparency but prefer to keep details of their operations secret from competitors and the public. Researchers, regulators and the media are increasingly relying on information provided by dissident employees and whistleblowers to see inside companies' workings.

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Why it matters: The Biden administration wants to bolster the collective bargaining power of workers across the country – and they are starting at home, with changes in the federal workforce.