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Malcolm Turnbull removed internally, Scott Morrison to take charge as Australia's new Prime Minister

Malcolm Turnbull removed internally, Scott Morrison to take charge as Australia's new Prime Minister

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 24 Aug 2018, 06:11 am

Canberra, Aug 24 (IBNS): Ending a week-long political drama, Malcolm Turnbull faced the axe as his colleagues chose treasurer Scott Morrison as the new Prime Minister and their new leader, following a closely fought internal vote.

Earlier this week, Turnbull had said that he will step down from the party's leadership only if rival Peter Dutton produces a letter with sufficient signatures.

Dutton, the former Home Affairs Minister, lost the ballot 40-45 as Morrison took top spot.

Turnbull became the fourth Australian Prime Minister in a decade to be removed internally.

"It has been such a privilege to be the leader of this great nation. I love Australia. I love Australians," he said on Friday.

Following his defeat, his second in a week's time, Dutton said: 'My course from here is to provide absolute loyalty to Scott Morrison, and make sure we win the election."

Dutton had unsuccessfully challenged Turnbull in a leadership vote. However, the narrow win for Turnbull proved disastrous for him, as many as 10 MPs handed him their resignation, including the challenger.

Turnbull's popularity dropped after he lost a recent by-election in Queensland.