Published On: Tue, Jan 14th, 2014

Ouster Of Colombia Mayor Ratified

Ouster of Bogota’s mayor ratified by Colombia’s inspector general, no recourse …

(The Associated Press) BOGOTA, Colombia — Colombia’s inspector general on Monday ratified his order ousting Bogota Mayor Gustavo Petro from the nation’s second most important political post.

A supporter of Bogota's Mayor Gustavo Petro holds a sign reading in Spanish "In this home we support Petro" in front of city hall in Bogota, Colombia, Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. Colombia's Inspector General Alejandro Ordonez ratified on Monday the impeachment of Petro for the mismanagement of the city's garbage collection system. Carlos Julio Martinez / AP Photo

A supporter of Bogota’s Mayor Gustavo Petro holds a sign reading in Spanish “In this home we support Petro” in front of city hall in Bogota, Colombia, Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. Colombia’s Inspector General Alejandro Ordonez ratified on Monday the impeachment of Petro for the mismanagement of the city’s garbage collection system. Carlos Julio Martinez / AP Photo

Inspector General Alejandro Ordonez also confirmed his earlier decree that Petro be banned from elected office for 15 years. The statement was posted on Ordonez’s official website.

Supporters of the mayor massed in front of city hall to attack the ruling.

It was not immediately clear who would take over the job of running the Colombian capital of 8 million people.

Petro has no further recourse of appeal at home. He has asked the Inter-American Human Rights Commission to intervene.

Ordonez announced Petro’s removal in December, saying the 53-year-old mayor overstepped his constitutional authority by trying to fire private waste-hauling contractors during a 2012 garbage collection dispute.

Petro, a former rebel with the M-19 movement, called his ouster politically motivate and said it could endanger peace talks the government is holding in Cuba with Colombia’s main leftist rebel group.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/01/13/3869317/ouster-of-bogota-colombia-mayor.html#storylink=cpy


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