Bogota mayor loses fight to stay in office

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 19, 2014 at 8:09 pm •  Published: March 19, 2014

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The embattled leftist mayor of Bogota has lost his bid to stay in office after President Juan Manuel Santos refused to heed a ruling by the Inter-American Human Rights Commission.

The commission had urged on Tuesday a stay against the removal of Mayor Gustavo Petro, finding that Colombia's inspector general violated the region's human rights charter by ordering Petro's ouster in December and barring him from politics for 15 years.

"The Colombian government does accept the injunction request," Santos said in a brief statement Wednesday.

Petro's legal appeal had run its course in Colombian courts, and Santos named his labor minister, Rafael Pardo, as acting mayor of the capital.