Australia PM Tony Abbott unseated by Turnbull

6059684-3x2-340x227Australia is to have a new prime minister after Tony Abbott was ousted as leader of the Liberal Party by cabinet minister Malcolm Turnbull.

In the hastily-arranged party leadership ballot, Mr Abbott, who had been plagued by poor opinion polls, received 44 votes to Mr Turnbull’s 54.

Liberal MPs also voted for Julie Bishop to remain deputy leader of the party.

Mr Turnbull is expected to be sworn in after Mr Abbott writes to the Governor General and resigns.

Earlier on Monday, at a press conference in Canberra, Mr Turnbull said if Mr Abbott remained as leader, the coalition government would lose the next election.

He said he had not taken the decision lightly, but that it was “clear enough that the government is not successful in providing the economic leadership that we need” and that Australia needed a new style of leadership. (Courtesy BBC)


  1. Australian democracy works well with majority rule of governess. That is example to Sri Lankan ruling party which majority is democracy- not that minority is democracy.
    M.Sirisena has read about more democracy.

  2. This is how democracy works. Earlier Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd stayed in the back bench after losing; until he becomes Prime Minister for the second time. Similarly, if Mahinda Rajapaksa wants he should be allowed to stay in the parliament to try if necessary. Many uneducated Tamil diaspora did not enjoy Rajapalsa staying in the parliament, but it is the democracy.

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