Colombia’s inspector-general ordered Bogota’s mayor removed from office Monday and banished from politics for 15 years, deeming unconstitutional his behaviour in a showdown last year with private garbage collectors.

Mayor Gustavo Petro, a leading leftist seen as a potential presidential candidate in next year’s elections, refused to accept the decision by Alejandro Ordonez, an ally of former President Alvaro Uribe, and called supporters into the streets.

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