Samper Pizano, Ernesto

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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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On his part, Yuri ChillEin, Chief of Staff of Ernesto Samper, the Secretary General of the Union of South American Nations (Unasur), said that today the world, beyond being divided between those who have and those who do not have, is divided between those who know and those who do not know.
In this one week in September, Latin America demonstrated that dialogue is the best way to settle conflicts," UNASUR Secretary-General and former Colombian President Ernesto Samper (1994-1998) was quoted as saying by the Spanish wire service EFE.
UNASUR Secretary-General Ernesto Samper suggested that the summit would be a good place to "reassess relations between the US and South America.
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.
Fidel's various meetings with Colombian presidents going back to Cesar Gaviria, Ernesto Samper and Andres Pastrana--along with their visits to Havana--are a clear confirmation of the dominant trend in the nations' bilateral relationship.
The cartel gave millions of dollars to the campaign of the former president Ernesto Samper, leading the United States to revoke his visa.
Washington has also denied visas to at least three former presidents charged with corruption: Colombia's President Ernesto Samper, Panama's Ernesto Perez Balladares and Peru's Fujimori.
The Clinton administration has consistently argued that President Ernesto Samper of Colombia accepted election campaign funds from the country's top drugs cartel.
I discuss the treatment of Colombia's outgoing president, Ernesto Samper [defeated in the June 21, 1998, election by Conservative Andres Pastrana - eds.
Colombian president Ernesto Samper has called for Asprilla to be reinstated and the fact he has remained in Paris and not returned to Bogota suggests he will be recalled by Gomez.
Colombian broadcasters fear a new television licensing law that could be used to silence critics of President Ernesto Samper.