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Disgraced Toronto Mayor Is Stripped Of Most Of His Power

Danielle Tarasiuk |
November 18, 2013 | 7:59 p.m. PST

Senior Reporter

(Rob Ford speaks with the press/ Creative Commons)
(Rob Ford speaks with the press/ Creative Commons)
Rob Ford, Toronto's infamous mayor, is still technically in office, but has been stripped of most of his power.

In the past few weeks Ford has been at the center of an incredibly intriguing and shocking political scandal. He publicly admitted to smoking crack cocaine during a "drunken stupor" in addition to other brazen statements. Yet he refuses to resign as the mayor of Toronto.

See Also: Toronto Mayor: 'I Have Smoked Crack Cocaine'

On Monday Toronto city council voted on a series of measure that gave most of his mayoral power to his deputy, leaving Ford with very little authority.

From The Toronto Star:

Councillors decided by a 37-5 vote to cut the mayor’s budget and by a 36-6 vote to transfer many of Ford’s deputies and much of his budget to Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly. A 32-10 vote decreed Ford could no longer set key matters on the legislative agenda. Another 37-5 vote removed the mayor’s right to fill vacancies on the civic appointments committee.

Before the vote Ford delivered another riveting speech where he compared the city council to Saddam Hussein, the former president of Iraq and himself to Kuwait. He said that the city council's motion to strip him of his was power was "a coupd'etat, that's all this is." 

Read the full story here.

See Gawker's beautiful collection of Rob Ford photos here.

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