Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos wins 2016 Nobel Peace Prize

He was awarded the prize for his work to bring peace to his country.

FILE: Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos. Picture: AFP.

OSLO - The Norwegian committee on Friday award the 2016 peace prize to the Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos for his work to bring peace to his country.

This comes as a surprise after Colombians voted 'No' to an agreement he signed with Marxist rebels to end 52 years of war.

Santos has promised to revive a peace plan even though Colombians, in a referendum on Sunday, narrowly rejected the accord. Many voters reckoned it was too lenient on the FARC guerrillas.

The Nobel Peace Prize, worth 8 million Swedish crowns ($930,000), will be presented in Oslo on 10 December.