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Decision on Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's political fate to come Friday

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TORONTO - Rob Ford will learn on Friday if he has succeeded in his court battle to keep his job as mayor of Toronto.

A Divisional Court panel is set to issue its decision at 10:30 a.m. Friday on an appeal of a previous ruling that Ford should be dismissed from office for violating conflict of interest rules.

Ford's lawyers have argued the previous ruling was legally flawed.

In November, an Ontario Superior justice ordered Ford removed as mayor for taking part in a council vote that he repay $3,150 raised for his private football foundation.

The ruling was put on hold pending the Divisional Court decision.

If Ford loses the appeal, it will be up to council to appoint an acting mayor for the balance of Ford's term or call a byelection.

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