Tony Abbott defeated – Australia to have a new Prime Minister

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Australian PM Tony Abbott ousted by Malcolm Turnbull – BBC News

Australia is to have a new prime minister after Tony Abbott was ousted as leader of the centre-right Liberal Party by Malcolm Turnbull.

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

Mr Turnbull said he assumed that parliament would serve its full term, implying no snap general election.

The new leader will be Australia’s fourth prime minister since 2013.

The prime minister-elect is expected to be sworn in after Mr Abbott writes to Australia’s governor general and resigns.

Earlier on Monday Mr Abbott had dismissed rumours of a leadership challenge as “Canberra gossip” – only to be voted out by his fellow Liberal MPs.

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