Colombia seeks to reverse mayor's reinstatement

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Photo - Bogota's mayor Gustavo Petro talks attends a press conference at city hall in Bogota, Colombia, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos reinstated Petro following a court order mandating him to do so. 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)
Bogota's mayor Gustavo Petro talks attends a press conference at city hall in Bogota, Colombia, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos reinstated Petro following a court order mandating him to do so. 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)
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BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos says he'll appeal a court ruling that forced him to reinstate the capital's mayor a month after the official was removed for administrative irregularities.

Mayor Gustavo Petro regained his job this week after a local court ruled that the former leftist guerrilla's removal in March by Colombia's inspector general violated the country's commitments to a regional human rights pact.

The surprise ruling was the latest twist in a legal fight pitting the firebrand mayor against Colombia's more conservative political establishment.

Santos said Friday said that he will appeal the decision because it has put the government's credibility at risk. The inspector general has said he, too, will appeal the ruling.

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