Tags: AS | Australia | Politics

Dutton Planning 2nd Challenge to Australian Prime Minister

Dutton Planning 2nd Challenge to Australian Prime Minister

Tuesday, 21 August 2018 11:38 PM

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A government lawmaker said on Wednesday he was planning a second challenge against Australia's prime minister after losing a leadership ballot.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called on his government to unite behind him after lawmakers in the ruling conservative Liberal Party chose to keep him as their leader 48 votes to 35 in a ballot on Tuesday.

Turnbull surprised his enemies by calling the ballot before his challenger Peter Dutton had had time to lobby colleagues for support.

But Dutton confirmed that he was now sounding out support for a second challenge.

"I am not going to beat around the bush on that, I am speaking to colleagues," Dutton told Melbourne Radio 3AW.

"You don't go into a ballot believing you're going to lose, and if I believe that a majority of colleagues support me, then I would consider my position," he added.

Dutton has dashed Turnbull's hopes of unifying the conservative coalition under his leadership ahead of general elections due by May.

Australia has had years of political instability since Prime Minister John Howard lost power in 2007 after more than 11 years in office. No prime minister has lasted a full three-year term since. They have all been thrown out of power by their own parties in the face of poor opinion polling.

Darren Chester, a minister in The Nationals party, the junior coalition partner, has threatened to take away the government's single-seat majority in the House of Representatives if Turnbull was deposed.

Chester said he and other lawmakers were considering quitting a government that was not led by Turnbull, which could force an election.

"I know of other colleagues who are deeply worried about" Turnbull being overthrown, Chester said.

Dutton quit as Home Affairs Minister after Tuesday's challenge failed.

Another 10 ministers who supported Dutton's challenge have also offered their resignations, but it is not clear how many the prime minister has accepted.

© Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


GlobalTalk
A government lawmaker said on Wednesday he was planning a second challenge against Australia's prime minister after losing a leadership ballot.Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called on his government to unite behind him after lawmakers in the ruling conservative Liberal...
AS,Australia,Politics
319
2018-38-21
Tuesday, 21 August 2018 11:38 PM
Newsmax Media, Inc.
 
 

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved