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Wed Dec 19, 2012, 12:36 PM

Why I'm not supporting the campaign to kick Petro out of office


Gustavo Petro is the mayor of Bogota. He was a former rebel and elected last year. He is apparently quite unpopular. The op/ed actually argues for not impeaching him (essentially it's too much of a pain in the ass, and would actually probably help him)

.Tuesday, 18 December 2012 17:55 Kevin Howlett ..Tags:BogotaGustavo PetroOpinion

I am a fierce critic of Bogota Mayor Gustavo Petro. I think his government has failed. I think his government has divided the capital when we looked for unity and harmony after the disastrous Samuel Moreno regime.

As Petro stood proud on the day of his inauguration he promised us a "politics of love" but he now stands accused of pitching poor against rich, private industry against public and state owned institutions, of even picking fights with his closest aides who have left his government in droves over this long 11 months since he walked through the door to the Leivano Palace. In short, Petro has shown us a politics whose qualities are closer to hatred than to love.

So it is little surprise that there are those who feel Petro is unfit to run Bogota. Congressman Miguel Gomez of the President's U Party even believes the mayor should be forced from office. This month Gomez officially launched the campaign to dispose the mayor via an article in the 1991 constitution which permits the revocation of a mandate through popular support.

With Petro's unpopularity higher than 60% it does not sound that too far fetched. However, no mayor has been deposed via this article since it was first introduced in 1994.

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