Adolf Sauerland, the mayor of Duisburg, Germany who presided over a catastrophic 21-dead mass panic at the Love Parade music festival in 2010, was ousted in a recall vote on Sunday.
The vote was 129,833 to 21,557. His term was due to end in 2015.
The city will have to hold elections for a new mayor within six months. In the meantime, senior city officials will carry out his duties.