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Tags: Australia | Politics

Australian Deputy Prime Minister Survives Internal Revolt

Monday, 03 February 2020 06:37 PM

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s deputy prime minister on Tuesday withstood a challenge to his leadership from his own party mounted by the man he replaced two years ago.

The Nationals party has not revealed the size of the margin that returned Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack to party leader. The leadership was confirmed in a ballot of 21 Nationals lawmakers.

He had been challenged by Barnaby Joyce who quit as Nationals leader in 2018 over controversy surrounding a child he had with a former staffer and allegations that he had sexually harassed another woman.

Joyce had argued that McCormack had not advocated strongly enough for their rural constituents, many of whom are struggling against a protracted drought and devastating wildfires.

McCormack said he hoped the show of party support on Tuesday would end speculation about his ongoing leadership.

“It's a great honor and a privilege to continue to serve as the leader of the National Party,” McCormack told reporters, referring to the Nationals by the party’s former name.

“I look forward to ... continuing to work with Barnaby Joyce,” he added.

The Nationals are the junior partner in Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s conservative coalition government,

Morrison, who came to power when his own party ousted his predecessor in 2018, had said before the result was known that it would not undermine the government’s stability.

“That coalition has always provided very stable and very good government for this country,” Morrison told reporters. “That coalition is always strong.”

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