Scott Morrison has been selected to replace Malcolm Turnbull as the new Prime Minister of Australia, news agency AFP has reported.
Scott Morrison has been selected to replace Malcolm Turnbull as the new Prime Minister of Australia, news agency AFP has reported. The development comes after Turnbull lost the support of his own party members. The new Prime Minister was selected at a meeting at Parliament House today. Turnbull is now the fourth PM to be dumped by his own party before serving a full three-year term since the revolving door to the prime minister’s office started in 2010. While talking about the meeting, Turnbull yesterday stated that it could end his career. “Australians will be rightly appalled by what they’re witnessing,” he had said.
Treasurer Scott Morrison has been selected as the next prime minister by the Australia government lawmakers in a ballot that continues an era of extraordinary political instability. Reportedly, he defeated key challenger Peter Dutton by a vote of 45-40. It was Dutton’s supporters who had forced incumbent Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to hold the leadership ballot. Turnbull did not contest the ballot and has said he will quit politics.
The selection of Scott Morrison ended an internecine battle that had scarred the conservative government ahead of an election due by May 2019, according to Reuters.