Mexico's Zapatista rebels have announced that they are dissolving their political wing and replacing it with a new civil organization.

Zapatista leader Subcomandante Marcos said Wednesday that the Zapatista National Liberation Front will cease operations on Friday.

Subcomandante Marcos did not have a name for the new organization, but said it will be "peaceful, anti-capitalist and leftist."

Last August, Subcomandante Marcos emerged from hiding in the jungle for the first time in four years to criticize the country's political leaders.

In 1994, Zapatista rebels staged an armed rebellion in the Chiapas state of Mexico, asserting indigenous rights.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP.