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Toronto mayor Rob Ford threatens to 'kill' in new video
AP
Toronto, November 08, 2013
First Published: 22:17 IST(8/11/2013)
Last Updated: 22:27 IST(8/11/2013)

Critics and allies alike renewed their claims that Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is not fit to lead Canada's largest city after a new video surfaced showing the mayor in a rambling rage, threatening to "murder" someone.

His mother defended him later yesterday, saying she has advised him to work on his "huge weight problem" as well as his drinking problem, and watch the company he keeps. But she insisted that her son, who has acknowledged that he smoked crack about a year ago in a "drunken stupor," is not an addict and did not need to enter rehab.

Moments after the new video was posted online, the mayor told reporters that he was "extremely, extremely inebriated" in it and "embarrassed" by it.

The context of the video is unknown, and it's unclear who the target of Ford's wrath is. The video appeared at length on the Toronto Star's website.

City councillors, meanwhile, moved ahead in efforts to force Ford out of office, although there is no clear legal path for doing so.

The controversy surrounding Ford escalated last week when police announced they had obtained a different, long-sought video that shows Ford smoking a crack pipe.

After months of evading the question, Ford admitted on Tuesday to smoking crack in a stunning confession to reporters. He also admitted to a drinking problem on his Sunday radio show.

Despite immense pressure, the mayor has refused to resign or take a leave of absence.

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