Tony Abbott Out as Australian Prime Minister

Christine Rousselle
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Posted: Sep 14, 2015 3:05 PM
Tony Abbott Out as Australian Prime Minister

Earlier today Australian PM Tony Abbott was ousted as the leader of Australia's Liberal Party and has been replaced by PM-elect Malcolm Turnbull.

From the BBC:

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 hastily arranged 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.

The Liberal Party has ruled Australia since September 2013.