Australia has new prime minister

(VOVworld) - Malcolm Turnbull has become Australia’s 29th prime minister after beating Tony Abbott 54 to 44 in a snap Liberal Party election on Monday.

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Mr Turnbull stepped down as Communications Minister and challenged Abbott for the leadership of the Liberal Party (photo:theversatilegent)

Mr Turnbull earlier stepped down as Communications Minister and then challenged Abbott for the leadership of the Liberal Party and asked Abbott to convene a meeting to vote for a new leader. He said Abbott’s leadership was weakened by concerns about his management ability.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop was re-elected deputy leader of the party, 70 votes to 30. In Australia, whoever is the leader of the majority party is automatically prime minister.

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