LONDON - A disciplinary tribunal Friday ordered London's outspoken mayor, Ken Livingstone, suspended for four weeks for causing "damage to the reputation of his office" by comparing a Jewish newspaper reporter to a concentration camp guard.

The decision divided London's political world. Critics said Livingstone's comments showed a bewildering lack of appreciation for the pain caused by using Holocaust imagery to insult Jewish people. The mayor and his allies called it an absurd and disproportionate punishment in which an appointive panel has reversed the will of the London electorate.

Livingstone has the right to appeal to the High Court.

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