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Samper Pizano, Ernesto

(ĕrnĕs`tō sämpĕr` pēzä`nō), 1950–, Colombian politician, president of Colombia (1994–98), b. Bogotá. An economist, lawyer, former professor, and member of the Liberal party, he became president of the Financial Institutions Association in 1975 and was elected to the senate in 1986. In 1989 he was severely wounded by drug traffickers in an assassination attempt. Subsequently, he served as development minister (1990–91) and ambassador to Spain (1991–93). Returning to Colombia, he was elected president by a slim margin in 1994. Shortly after his election, there were widespread accusations that his campaign had accepted money from the Cali cocaine "cartel." Samper denied the charges, but they resurfaced in 1995 and precipitated a political crisis. He was cleared of all charges in June, 1996, by the Colombian congress, but the U.S. government revoked his entry visa. When President Uribe proposed (2006) Samper for ambassador to France it provoked a firestorm of criticism in Colombia, and Samper declined the post. In 2014 he became secretary general of the Union of South American Nations.
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El expresidente colombiano Ernesto Samper, tradicionalmente identificado como partidario del regimen de Nicolas Maduro, ahora critica severamente al mandatario venezolano por su proceso para elegir una Asamblea Nacional Constituyente: "La base de cualquier negociacion en Venezuela debe ser el respeto a la institucionalidad democratica", y la eleccion de esa asamblea, "en la que no tiene presencia la oposicion, no va en esa via.
Only one year after reforms were passed, however, Ernesto Samper was elected president of Colombia.
On April 29, upon returning to Rome following a visit to Egypt, Pope Francis--perhaps the only figure equally respected by both sides--revealed that he had received a new request for mediation in the Venezuelan crisis, and said that in light of the failed efforts made jointly by three former presidents, Leonel Fernandez of the Dominican Republic, Martin Torrijos of Panama, and Ernesto Samper of Colombia, and the former prime minister of Spain, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, he would only intervene "within a framework of very clear conditions" (NotiSur, Nov.
De esta forma, la reflexion del expresidente Ernesto Samper Pizano contribuye a arrojar luces sobre las grandes contradicciones en la lucha contra las drogas.
His first position was in the government of Ernesto Samper as the Presidents private secretary from 1995 to 1998.
El gobierno de Ernesto Samper (1994-1998) continuo la negociacion, pero la guerrilla rechazo negociar por la cercania del presidente a los carteles.
Los candidatos fueron Ernesto Samper y Andres Pastrana.
Lo hace en el momento en que Unasur se retira de Caracas despues de haber hecho un muy mal papel como mediador, con un presidente como Ernesto Samper que esta totalmente polarizado.
UNASUR Secretary-General Ernesto Samper suggested that the summit would be a good place to "reassess relations between the US and South America.
A partir de estas consideraciones, el presente articulo expone como se establecio la mocion de censura en Colombia y como se implemento durante el periodo 1992-2014, que abarca seis periodos gubernamentales: Cesar Gaviria (1990-1994), Ernesto Samper (1994-1998), Andres Pastrana (1998-2002), Alvaro Uribe (2002-2006 y 2006-2010) y Juan Manuel Santos (2010-2014).
The study "Funding of Political Parties in Latin America," published by the Organization of American States (OAS) in 2011, also cites the election campaigns of former Presidents Jaime Paz Zamora in Bolivia, Ernesto Samper in Colombia, and Ernesto Perez Balladares in Panama in the 1990s as some of the clearest examples of the penetration of drug cartels in election campaigns, a risk that is particularly acute in a context in which most Latin American countries have decentralized the voting process and local politics plays an increasingly important role.
Un buen ejemplo de ella es la frase metaforica de Monsenor Pedro Rubiano sobre las acusaciones que recaian contra el entonces presidente Ernesto Samper acusado de haber recibido 5 millones de dolares del cartel de Cali, para financiar su campana electoral en los anos 90 del siglo pasado.