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Colombia's President removes Bogota mayor

Published on Mar 20, 2014 11:41 AM
Bogota's ousted mayor Gustavo Petro speaking to supporters at the mayor building in Bogota on March 19, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS  

BOGOTA (AFP) - Defying international rights monitors, Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos on Wednesday dismissed Bogota's elected Mayor Gustavo Petro.

Mr Petro claims that the conservative Mr Santos is targeting him, a leftist former guerrilla, for political reasons.

Voicing his outrage, Mr Petro called for a general strike. "The Colombian people should go on general strike, and peacefully so," to reject the move, Mr Petro told a rally of about 1,500 supporters.

Judges from Colombia's top court on Tuesday upheld an Oct 28 order by the country's inspector-general removing Mr Petro from office over his handling of the city's garbage collection contracts.

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