March 6, 2021

The State Council denies the loss of investiture of Senator Antanas Mockus

The full chamber of the Colombian State Council denied on Tuesday, for now, the project that asked to grant the loss of investiture in second instance of Senator Antanas Mockus, the second most voted parliamentarian in the country in the elections of March 11, 2018.

"The State Council rejects the presentation of the tomb of Antanas Mockus," the senator said on his Twitter account on Tuesday when he learned of the decision, which, however, is not definitive since the plenary of the room failed to agree.

The case dates back to April 11 when the State Council annulled the election of Mockus because he considered it true that the senator was a legal representative of the non-profit entity Corpovisionarios, which in November 2017 signed contracts with state entities.

Mockus, former mayor of Bogotá (1995-1998 and 2001-2004), obtained 537,329 votes in the legislative elections, which made him the second most voted senator in the history of Colombia, surpassed only by former president Álvaro Uribe (2002-2010 ).

In spite of this, on July 2, the State Council, the highest court of administrative litigation in Colombia, laid down that ruling after the congressman, of the Green Alliance party, filed a guardianship action (appeal for amparo) as a precautionary measure to suspend the effects of the same court that annulled his election.

Consequently, the project denied today and which was presented by the counselor Sandra Lisset Ibarra Vélez, resolved an appeal against the judgment of first instance that had kept the investiture of Mockus safe.

But, the Council of State could not agree on Tuesday against the negative presentation calling for the political death of Mockus and commissioned a new Alberto Alberto Plata Council.

Therefore, Mockus will maintain its seat for now as the State Council must still discuss and vote on the new paper confirming that this is the final decision.

The congressman, who suffers from Parkinson's disease, is a philosopher and mathematician and has become one of the most appreciated politicians in Colombia.

Throughout his career Mockus has also promoted actions in favor of civics, peace and reconciliation.

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