Miami-Dade mayor ousted in recall vote

Reuters News
Posted: Mar 21, 2011 3:38 PM
Miami-Dade mayor ousted in recall vote

MIAMI (Reuters) - The mayor of Miami-Dade, one of the most populous counties in the United States, was ousted from office in a recall vote on Tuesday triggered by popular anger over a hike in property taxes.

With more than half the Florida county's precincts reporting, official results showed 88 percent of voters backed an effort to remove once-popular Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez, marking the biggest U.S. recall since California voters tossed out Governor Gray Davis in 2003.

The Miami Herald and the local Fox television affiliate, WSVN, declared that Alvarez had been recalled.

(Writing by Kevin Gray and Tom Brown; Editing by Peter Cooney)