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Canadian Mayor Refuses To Quit Despite Admitting To Cocaine Use

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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford admitted during a heated City Council debate that he bought illegal drugs while in office, but adamantly refused to step down despite calls from nearly every councilor to take a leave of absence and get help.

“I’m most definitely keeping this job,” the 44-year-old Ford said on Wednesday, insisting he was “a positive role model for kids.”

“I am not an addict of any sort, so I am not quite sure why you are saying that I need help,” Ford said.

Asked if he had bought illegal drugs in the past two years, he replied somberly: “Yes, I have.”

Ford, elected in 2010 on a promise to end the City Hall “gravy train”, admitted last week that he had smoked crack cocaine in “one of my drunken stupors”.

Wednesday’s call for him to step aside came in council’s first meeting since that admission.

“Our city’s reputation has been damaged and continues to suffer,” City Councillor Jaye Robinson read from a non binding petition signed by 30 of the city’s 44 councillors, and passed by a vote of 41 to two.

“Together we stand to ask you to step aside and take a leave of absence to address your challenges privately outside of the public eye.”

Councillors will vote later on a separate motion that asks Ford both to take a leave of absence and to apologise for “misleading” Toronto residents.

Council has no power to force the mayor to step down or take a break unless he is convicted of a crime, and Ford insists he has no plans to go, or to seek treatment.

“I am not an addict of any sort, so I am not quite sure why you are saying that I need help,” he told councillors during an hour-long grilling that centred on his fitness to remain the city’s chief magistrate.

“I can understand how people would perceive my behaviour,” he added. “The reason I drank or did drugs was not because of stress, it was out of sheer stupidity. That’s all it was.”

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JUST IN: ECOWAS Lifts Sanctions On Mali

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US President, Donald Trump, Wife Test Positive For Covid-19

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President of the United States, Donald Trump, and his wife, Melania Trump have both tested positive for COVID-19.

The President took to his official Twitter handle on Friday to make this announcement.

Trump was last seen in public on Thursday afternoon, returning to the White House after a fundraising trip to New Jersey.

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On Thursday, he announced that his aide, Hope Hicks tested positive for the virus which has killed over 1 million people around the world.

He further revealed that he and the first lady had taken the test and waiting for the results before announcing the outcome on Friday.

 

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Mali: N’Daw, Coup Leader Goita Sworn In As President, VP

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President of Mali, N’Daw, coup leader, Goita

Retired Army Colonel, Bah N’Daw has been sworn in on Friday as the interim president of Mali and he is to head a transitional government following last month’s military coup in the country.

The swearing-in ceremony held in the country’s capital city of Bamako, where Colonel Assimi Goita, who led the military junta, was also sworn in as interim vice president.

This administration is to lead the government for a maximum of 18 months before organising national elections.

Also Read: Buhari Attends Virtual ECOWAS Extraordinary Summit Over Mali Crisis

It will be recalled that the country’s military executed a coup last month (August 18) which successfully removed the nation’s president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita from office.

Former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, attended the ceremony alongside other members of the ECOWAS mediation team.

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