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Colombian president reinstates firebrand Bogota mayor

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos (pictured left) on Wednesday reinstated Bogota’s ousted leftist mayor following a surprise ruling by a top court.


Gustavo Petro, 54, a former guerilla, was dismissed less than five weeks ago for mismanagement of waste collection.

However, a Bogota tribunal ruled on Tuesday evening that Santos must adhere to an Inter-American Human Rights Commission request that the leftist Petro be reinstated.

“My obligation, as president of the republic, is to follow the law and what the justices decide,” Santos said Wednesday after signing a decree ordering Petro to be restored to his job.

Colombia's political drama could provide yet another twist. In addition to another ruling by a higher court, Petro could face a recall vote that had been scheduled for April 6 but was cancelled after his removal.

Petro's dismissal was declared in December by right-wing Inspector General Alejandro Ordonez over the mayor's aggressive attempt to reclaim management of waste collection from private operators.

(FRANCE 24 with AP and REUTERS)


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