Colombia's FARC Rebels Name New Chief

BOGOTA, Colombia -- Colombia's main rebel group has named a successor to its leader, who was killed in combat this month.

The ruling junta of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia designated 52-year-old Timoleon Jimenez as the new chief on Nov. 5, a day after Cano was killed in southwestern Colombia while trying to break out of a military cordon.

The group known at the FARC made the announcement Tuesday via a sympathetic website.

Better known by his nickname Timochenko, Jimenez has been a member of the FARC's seven-man ruling secretariat since the 1980s.

In the announcement, the FARC's secretariat said the vote was unanimous.

The U.S. government has offered a $5 million reward for Jimenez.