Toronto's mayor to stay in power pending appeal of court ouster

TORONTO, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford will stay

in power pending an appeal of a conflict of interest ruling that

was set to kick him out of office, a Toronto court ruled on


Madam Justice Gladys Pardu of the Ontario Divisional Court

suspended a previous court ruling that ousted Ford. The appeal

is set to be heard on Jan. 7.

Ford, a larger-than-life character who took power on a

promise to stop the gravy train at City Hall, has argued that he

did nothing wrong when he voted to overturn an order that he

repay money that lobbyists had given to a charity he runs.

(Reporting by Claire Sibonney; Editing by Janet Guttsman, Russ

Blinch and Nick Zieminski)

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