John OtisDecember 14, 2013 10:31
BOGOTA — Getting fired may be the best thing that’s ever happened to Bogota Mayor Gustavo Petro. Until last week, he was widely viewed as autocratic and ineffective. His dream of using Bogota City Hall as a launching pad for the presidency appeared dashed. But then came Monday’s drastic decision by the Colombian government’s inspector general to remove Petro from his post and ban him from holding public office for 15 years over a scandal involving — of all things — a failed plan to improve garbage pickup.