Colombia: Gustavo Petro back in city hall

Bogota mayor Gustavo Petro reinstated
Reins of Colombia’s biggest city change hands for third time in just over a month as court order forces backdown by president

The court, in giving Santos 48 hours to return Petro to his job, cited the president’s failure last month to heed a ruling by the Inter-American Human Rights Commission that Colombia’s inspector general violated regional human rights charter by ordering Petro’s removal and barring him from politics for 15 years.

In last night’s podcast, I incorrectly stated that president Santos had reinstated Petro by his own initiative, so my apologies for my error.

Mr. Petro,

a leftist and former member of the now-defunct militant rebel group M19, was thrown out of office five weeks ago on a ruling from the country’s inspector general, who alleged the 54-year-old politician mismanaged Bogota’s trash-collection system when transferring it from private hands to a public service.
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But in another twist, the newly-returned Mr. Petro is facing a public referendum that could force his recall, meaning he might be booted out of office again in just a few weeks

As Drudge says, “developing” . . .

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