Supreme Court fails to elect prosecutor general for 18th time

Colombia’s Supreme Court on Thursday failed to elect a new national prosecutor general for the eighteenth time in a year, because they could not reach a sufficient consensus on a candidate.

Margarita Cabello Blanco continues to lead the vote as court’s preferred candidate, winning thirteen votes this time round. She was followed by Jorge Anibal Gomez with eight votes and Marco Antonio Velilla with four.

The election failed yet again because none of the candidates managed to obtain the sixteen votes required to elect a prosecutor general.

Cabelllo Blanco remains the court’s favorite, despite Judge Luis Javier Osorio’s claim that he was offered bribes to vote for the candidate. Cabello denies any involvement in the alleged bribery attempt.

The Colombian Prosecutor General’s Office is investigating Osorio’s allegations.

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