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Scott Morrison named new Australian PM


Scott Morrison named new Australian PM

Scott Morrison has been sworn in as Australia's prime minister, replacing Malcolm Turnbull after a Liberal Party coup. Mr Morrison, an ally of Mr Turnbull, won a three-way battle for the leadership.

The other two contenders were former home affairs minister Peter Dutton and foreign minister Julie Bishop. Mr Turnbull opted not to contest the vote.

Liberal Party whip Nola Marino announced: "The successful candidate was Scott Morrison. He won this vote 45-40 against Peter Dutton.

"In relation to the deputy's position, this was won in a overwhelming sense, in a majority, an absolute majority, by Josh Frydenberg."

Mr Morrison said he would not call an election "any time soon" and his top priority was to help farmers in New South Wales struggling through one of the worst droughts in 50 years.

- Source: News websites

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