Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos on Monday appointed Maria Mercedes Maldonado as replacement mayor of Bogota after the removal of the capital’s elected mayor, Gustavo Petro.
Maldonado is to replace interim mayor Rafael Pardo, who in turn replaced Gustavo Petro, removed from office in December 2013.
Inspector General Ordoñez ordered the dismissal of Petro due to “irregularities” while reforming the capital city’s garbage collection system in 2012.
Maria Mercedes Maldonado worked as Habitat Secretary in the Petro administration, dealing with urbanization and public services, as well as being a lawyer and having a masters in urban planning.
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos made the announcement in Bogota before leaving for Mexico for the tribute ceremony to recently deceased author Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
Santos described Maldonado as a strong woman who can “certainly do very important work in the role of mayor, especially during election times.”
Maldonado was one of three candidates including Antonio Navarro, elected Senator and Guillermo Alfonso Jaramillo, former Government Secretary for the Petro administration who were put forward to Santos by the Green Alliance (Alianza Verde – AV).
Academically Maldonado has worked as a professor at the Institute of Urban Studies at the National University of Colombia as well as being a researcher and collaborator on many projects dealing with urban issues across Colombia.
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