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Colombia president reinstates ousted Bogota mayor
Colombia president reinstates ousted Bogota mayor after court ruling
By LIBARDO CARDONA
Associated Press
2014-04-23 11:22 PM

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Colombia's biggest city is set to change hands for a third time in little more than a month after President Juan Manuel Santos said he would heed a court order to reinstate ousted Bogota Mayor Gustavo Petro.

Santos said Wednesday that he had signed a decree ordering Petro's reinstatement.

"My obligation, as president of the republic, is to follow the law and what the justices decide," Santos said Wednesday.

The surprise ruling late Tuesday by the Superior Tribunal of Bogota is the latest twist in an ongoing legal saga pitting the embattled leftist firebrand against Colombia's more conservative political establishment.

Petro was removed from office in March after Santos refused to heed on the Inspector General's ouster of the mayor months earlier for alleged administrative missteps.

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