Colombia court reinstates ousted Bogota mayor

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Photo - FILE - In this March 19, 2014, file photo, Bogota's Mayor Gustavo Petro speaks to supporters from a balcony of the city hall in Bogota, Colombia. A Colombian court has ordered, Tuesday April 22, 2014, the reinstatement within 48 hours of ousted Bogota Mayor Gustavo Petro. Petro was removed from office in March after President Juan Manuel Santos refused to heed the Inter-American Human Rights Commission's call for a stay on the Inspector General's ouster of the mayor months earlier for alleged administrative missteps. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara,File)
FILE - In this March 19, 2014, file photo, Bogota's Mayor Gustavo Petro speaks to supporters from a balcony of the city hall in Bogota, Colombia. A Colombian court has ordered, Tuesday April 22, 2014, the reinstatement within 48 hours of ousted Bogota Mayor Gustavo Petro. Petro was removed from office in March after President Juan Manuel Santos refused to heed the Inter-American Human Rights Commission's call for a stay on the Inspector General's ouster of the mayor months earlier for alleged administrative missteps. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara,File)
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BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A Colombian court has ordered the reinstatement within 48 hours of ousted Bogota Mayor Gustavo Petro.

The surprise ruling 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 President Juan Manuel Santos refused to heed the Inter-American Human Rights Commission's call for a stay on the Inspector General's ouster of the mayor months earlier for alleged administrative missteps.

The former guerrilla hailed the ruling on Twitter as a victory for the political will of Bogota's residents. Santos has yet to comment and it's unclear whether the government will enforce or appeal the ruling made in response to an injunction request.

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