The Economist | 3/11/2011 12:00:00 AM
Bogotá's rise and fall
March 11--Can Enrique Peñalosa restore a tarnished municipal model?
Bogotanos blame this backward slide on their mayor, Samuel Moreno, a populist from the left-wing Democratic Pole party. In a poll last month by Gallup, 85% of respondents disapproved of his administration. Contractors claim that the mayor and his brother, a senator who resigned this month from the Democratic Pole, have demanded kickbacks for public works. “Lies, lies, lies,” says the mayor. The government’s independent inspector-general has begun an investigation all the same. The inspector has already forced the sacking of the city’s comptroller, Miguel Angel Moralesrussi, and banned him from public office for 20 years.
Read more here.
Semana International delivers news about Colombia in English. Find more in our home.