Australia PM Malcolm Turnbull defiant over fresh leadership challenge

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It makes him the fourth consecutive prime minister to be dumped by his or her own party before serving a full three-year term.

"Our job.as we take forward this mantle of leadership as a new generation, is to ensure that we not only bring our party back together, which has been bruised and battered this week, but that. we bring the parliament back together", Morrison said in his first appearance after his party-room victory. Morrison said the rest of his Cabinet would be sworn in next week.

Turnbull said that if that happens, he will not stand as a leadership candidate and will leave parliament, sparking a by-election which could be problematic for the government which has a wafer-thin one-seat parliamentary majority.

After Saturday's call, Mr Trump took to Twitter to publicly congratulate Mr Morrison on becoming Australia's 30th prime minister.

Australia's prime minister says he will quit Parliament now the government has picked a replacement.

The electoral office of Liberal Party leadership challenger Peter Dutton was severely vandalised overnight, Queensland Police report.

The Liberal party is the senior partner in the ruling conservative coalition that will face an election by May 2019.

Turnbull went on to win 2016 national polls, but Abbott didn't go quietly and has been a frequent critic from the backbench.

"The leadership model implemented by the Labor Party after the Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard debacle in 2010, which requires 75 per cent of the vote to change the leader in government and 60 per cent in opposition, has seemingly proven effective in maintaining stable leadership".

"Congratulations to new Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison", Mr Trump, who flew to OH on Air Force One on Friday, wrote.

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Under intense pressure to call a second vote, Turnbull offered to call a party meeting if he received a letter signed by the majority of party members. Morrison defeated Dutton 45 votes to 40.

"On the conservative side of politics right around the world, we're clearly seeing a fracturing of small "l" liberal tendencies and those who are more conservative and much more nation-centred", she told The Guardian this week.

Trump tweeted, "There are no greater friends than the United States and Australia!"

"A change of government federally, at an election sooner rather than later, is likely".

Australia's new prime minister is Scott Morrison.

Public anger became apparent overnight with windows broken at the Brisbane office of Dutton, Turnbull's main rival in his government.

The new PM is Mr Turnbull's onetime ally Scott Morrison.

Turnbull said that threshold has now been met.

Morrison's victory was welcomed by financial markets, which have been rocked by the political instability.

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