Australia has a new Prime Minister. Tony Abbott has ousted by Malcolm Turnbull on federal caucus on late night for 44 votes to 54 respectively. Turnbull said he assumed that parliament would serve its full term, implying no snap general election.
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.
Speaking after the result was announced, Mr Turnbull praised his predecessor for his “formidable achievements” as prime minister.
The new party leader said Australia needed to have “the economic vision, a leadership, that explains the great challenges and opportunities we face”.
He said he would lead “a thoroughly Liberal government, committed to freedom, the individual and the market”.
Ahead of the vote, Turnbull had said if Mr Abbott remained as leader, the coalition government would lose the next election, which is likely to take place next year.
He said he had not taken the decision to launch a leadership challenge lightly, but that it was “clear enough that the government is not successful in providing the economic leadership that we need”.
Bishop had supported his bid to become party leader.
Current opposition leader Bill Shorten tweeted that “Australia does not need another arrogant, out of touch Liberal leader – Australia needs a change of government”.
Australia has a fourth Prime Minister since 2013.
Turnbull swears the job after Abbott tender his resignation letter to the governor general.
Conclusion: In Australian politics, if PM don’t fit, kickoff them.