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Friday
Nov152013

Toronto City Council Strips Mayor Rob Ford of Some Powers

GEOFF ROBINS/AFP/Getty Images(TORONTO) -- The Toronto City Council voted Friday to strip Mayor Rob Ford of some of his powers, but the disgraced politician isn't going down without a fight. He is vowing to fight the decision in court.

Ford admitted last week that he has smoked crack while he "was in a drunken stupor," but the council can't force him out of office unless he is convicted of a crime. He was interrupted Friday as he addressed the council.

"I respect what council has done and it's just the taxpayers are going to have to pay a fortune for this. I think we …" Ford said Friday before being interrupted by a man shouting that the mayor should resign.
 
Though Ford has no plans of resigning, he said that if he "would have had a mayor acting the way I have conducted myself, I would have done the exact same thing."

"I completely understand where my colleagues are coming from and I would have supported what they're doing. Obviously in my situation, I have to support myself and I think anyone in my position would have done the same," he said.

On Monday, the council will meet again to take more powers from Mayor Ford as well as his office budget, the Toronto Sun's City Hall Bureau Chief Don Peat tells ABC News.  These actions will essentially make Ford mayor in title only.

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