Colombia seeks to reverse mayor's reinstatement

AP News
Posted: Apr 25, 2014 12:38 PM
Colombia seeks to reverse mayor's reinstatement

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos says he'll appeal a court ruling that forced him to reinstate the capital's mayor a month after the official was removed for administrative irregularities.

Mayor Gustavo Petro regained his job this week after a local court ruled that the former leftist guerrilla's removal in March by Colombia's inspector general violated the country's commitments to a regional human rights pact.

The surprise ruling was the latest twist in a legal fight pitting the firebrand mayor against Colombia's more conservative political establishment.

Santos said Friday said that he will appeal the decision because it has put the government's credibility at risk. The inspector general has said he, too, will appeal the ruling.