Colombia’s conservative parties, opposed to the 2016 peace deal with Farc rebels, have taken the lead in the country’s elections. Sunday’s vote was the first in which the former Farc guerrillas, now a political party, took part.

With more than 90 percent of votes counted, ex-president Álvaro Uribe’s Democratic Centre party won the most seats.

The Farc performed poorly, in line with expectations – but is guaranteed some seats by the peace agreement.

It received just 0.4% of the total number of votes – but will receive five seats each of the two chambers of parliament. Final official results are expected later on Monday.

Polling was also reported to be unusually peaceful compared to previous years, when it has sometimes been marred by violence.

The Farc was never expected to win lots of seats – they had plenty of critics who felt it was too soon for the former guerrilla fighters to be running for Congress.

But these results just underline that no matter how much influence they used to exert over the country during the conflict, now they’ve laid down their weapons, their power has all but disappeared.

The congressional vote was seen as a test for President Juan Manuel Santos – his government had been criticised for what many feel was a peace deal that was too lenient towards the Farc.

These elections have strengthened the hand of the right-wing parties ahead of the presidential vote in May so the future role of these political newcomers is uncertain.
The Democratic Centre emerged as the largest party, with 19 seats in the country’s Senate, and another 33 in the lower house of representatives.