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Ouster of Bogota, Colombia mayor ratified
Ouster of Bogota's mayor ratified by Colombia's inspector general, no recourse for appeal
Associated Press
2014-01-14 03:42 AM

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Colombia's inspector general has ratified his ouster of Bogota Mayor Gustavo Petro from the nation's second most important political post.

Inspector General Alejandro Ordonez also confirmed his earlier order that Petro be banned from elected office for 15 years. The statement was posted Monday on Ordonez's official website.

It was not immediately clear who would take over the job of running the Colombian capital of 8 million people. Petro has no further recourse of appeal.

Ordonez announced Petro's destitution in December, saying the 53-year-old mayor overstepped his constitutional authority by trying to fire private waste-hauling contractors during a 2012 garbage collection dispute.

A former rebel with the M-19 movement, Petro claimed his ouster was politically motivated and could endanger current peace talks with Colombia's main leftist rebel group.

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