Colombia’s capital changed hands for a third time in little over a month after President Juan Manuel Santos executed a court order reinstating Bogota’s ousted leftist mayor Gustavo Petro. The mayor was ousted last month for mismanagement of city waste.
The surprise ruling late Tuesday by the Superior Tribunal of Bogota was the latest twist in a legal saga pitting former guerrilla firebrand Gustavo Petro against Colombia’s more conservative political establishment.
“My obligation, as president of the republic, is to follow the law and what the justices decide,” President Juan Manuel Santos said after signing a decree ordering the immediate reinstatement of Petro as mayor. 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. CCTV’s Michelle Begue reports.