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. From 2014 to 2017 he was secretary general of the Union of South American Nations.
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capped his political career serving as Defense Minister of Colombia under President Ernesto Samper in the late 1990s.
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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.
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).