The Colombian Attorney General’s Office suspended the mayor of Medellín, Daniel Quintero, from his post on Tuesday for a video in which he indirectly but clearly expresses his support for the candidacy of leftist Gustavo Petro in the upcoming presidential elections.
The Colombian attorney general, Margarita Cabello, considered that Quintero incurred in «the alleged and repeated intervention in political activities and controversies.»
«The Attorney General’s Office has the constitutional and legal competence to investigate, provisionally suspend and sanction, even with dismissal and disability, all public servants in the country, including those elected by popular vote,» she argued.
Colombian law prevents public officials from participating in electoral politics.
The prosecutor also announced the opening of an investigation and provisional suspension of three other public officials: Andrés Fabián Hurtado, mayor of Ibagué; Gustavo Adolfo Herrera, councilor of Calarcá (Quindio); and Grenfell Lozano Guerrero, representative of Nátaga (Huila).