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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford against Mandela street honor

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Scandal-plagued Toronto mayor Rob Ford voted against naming a street in honor of Nelson Mandela on Wednesday before later claiming he had cast his ballot in error.

Ford, who made worldwide headlines last year after admitting binge drinking and smoking crack, has been stripped of most of his powers.

But the anti-tax populist still votes, usually against whatever the council is proposing, arguing that it will cost taxpayers too much.

When city lawmakers voted on whether a street should be named for late anti-apartheid icon Mandela, there was one vote against — from Ford, the Toronto Star reported.

Ford later requested a new vote, saying he had blundered by mistake, the paper said, AFP reports.

Ford, who is running for re-election, has been embroiled in a number of scandals over the past year which have made him something of an international celebrity.

He has admitted to smoking crack cocaine in a drunken stupor, made profane remarks on live television and has been filmed ranting incoherently in a Jamaican accent.

The mayor is also the subject of an ongoing police investigation during which he was photographed urinating in public, CBC reports.

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