High court orders former guerrilla Gustavo Petro restored as Bogotá mayor in 48 hours

Cars ripped through the streets of Bogotá music blasting in celebration of a high court decision ordering the return of deposed mayor Gustavo Bogotá.


Español: Gustavo Francisco Petro Urrego, polít...

(Photo credit: Wikipedia) A Bogotá court has ordered deposed mayor Gustavo Petro be returned to office within 48 hours. He was fired last month by President Juan Manuel Santos.

The court gave the government 48 hours to comply with the order.


The court has overruled the decision of Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, who fired the former M-19 guerrilla leader as mayor last month. Santos fired Petro despite the international human rights organization Comisión Internaciónal de Derechos Humanos order that firing Petro would violate the political – and therefore human rights – of Petro and Bogotá voters.


The stunning series of events that saw Petro deposed and two other mayors take office temporarily began in early December, when right-wing Inspector General Alejandro Ordóñez ordered that Petro be fired for allegedly mismanaging the restructuring of Bogotá´s garbage collection system when he removed lucrative contracts from private companies.


Ordóñez never alleged corruption nor law-breaking by Petro, but said he violated the principles of free enterprise and risked the health of citizens when had the city assume responsibility for garbage collection.


Petro appealed to the CIDH for protective measures which would have prevented his firing until it could be decided whether his and Bogotá citizen´s rights had been violated by his removal.

The court ruled Colombia must comply with the decision of the international organization.


The Bogotá streets have been coming alive with sounds of honking and cheering in Bogotá´s Plaza de Bolivar, where earlier today thousands of Colombians gathered to say their final farewells to Nobel winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez who died last Thursday.


For more information please read:  http://davidhogben.com/2014/03/19/president-santos-rejects-international-human-rights-court-fires-bogota-mayor-gustavo-petro/




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About Connecting Colombias

Recently retired newspaper reporter with one foot in British Columbia, Canada, the other in Colombia, South America. Fascinated with Colombian culture, Canadian connections, and heroic efforts to return millions of displaced Colombians to lands stolen by paramilitaries, guerrillas and organized crime.

2 responses to “High court orders former guerrilla Gustavo Petro restored as Bogotá mayor in 48 hours”

  1. colombiadiaries says :

    Great news! Good to see the judiciary showing an independent stance and ensuring that the government respects international law and democracy.

    • Connecting Colombias says :

      Yes, it’s great news. But there’s still some doubt about how this is going to play out. Looks like Ordóñez will appeal, which could delay the process. El Espectador has laid out a number of possibilities in the morning edition.

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