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Council votes to strip disgraced Toronto Mayor Rob Ford of his budget, most powers (VIDEO)

The Toronto City Council voted Monday to take away disgraced Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's budget and many of his powers.

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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford sits during a Toronto City Council meeting at City Hall on November 15, 2013 in Toronto, Canada. (Aaron Vincent Elkaim/AFP/Getty Images)

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford lost more of his powers Monday, as the Toronto City Council voted to slash his budget and turn over many duties to the deputy mayor.

The council voted to cut the mayor's budget, by a margin of 37 to 5. It also voted to hand over most of his authority to the deputy mayor.

Speaking right before the vote, an angry Ford told the council, "This, folks, reminds me of when, when I was watching with my brother, when Saddam attacked Kuwait." He continued, "And President Bush said, ‘I warn you, I warn you, I warn you, do not."

"Well folks, if you think American-style politics is nasty, you guys have just attacked Kuwait," Ford said.

Ford has admitted in the last month to having "smoked some crack sometimes," as well as binge drinking. Last week, he was accused of sexual harassment, claims he denied with vulgar remarks that sparked more calls for his resignation.

"It says that I wanted to eat her pussy," Ford told reporters on a live television broadcast. "I've never said that in my life to her, I would never do that. I'm happily married. I've got more than enough to eat at home."

On Friday, the council took away Ford’s ability to appoint key committee chairs and exercise emergency powers.

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"He's made some minor adjustments, but not major ones," Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly told public broadcaster CBC. "And so I think reluctantly many members of council have come to the conclusion that they have to, as one councilor put it, build a 'firewall' between the mayor and the executive function of this council."

"It's a coup d'etat, that's all this is," Ford said of Monday’s vote as he arrived at City Hall in the morning.

Hours into the meeting, Ford was seen knocking over Toronto City Councilor Pam McConnell. TV commentators said, "Oh my god, he's attacked somebody."

The context is unclear, though it seems Ford was rushing down the aisle towards someone else.

Watch video of the incident:

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Ford has said that his fate should be placed in the hands of Toronto residents. "If they want me out, they should just call a snap election," Ford told radio station AM640, before the council meeting. "In three months, let's have an election, right now."

Ford's problems began when a video surfaced allegedly showing the mayor smoking crack. The Toronto police announced in late October that the video was in their possession, though they did not confirm its contents. Since then, Ford has grabbed headlines with his admissions and outbursts.

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On Sunday, Ford told Fox News, "I’m training every day. I’m in the gym two hours every day. I’m seeking professional help. I’m not an alcoholic. I’m not a drug addict."

The scandal hasn't dampened Ford's ambitions, as he told Fox, "... one day I do want to run for prime minister."

If Ford's political ambitions don't work out, there's always reality TV

 

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