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Malcolm Turnbull: Australian ex-PM 'to quit parliament'

August 28, 2018 4:02 pm

Malcolm Turnbull has said he will quit Australia’s parliament on Friday following his removal as prime minister by party rivals, local media report.

Mr Turnbull was replaced by Scott Morrison last week in a bid to end infighting that had crippled the centre-right government.

The ousted leader said Australians would be “appalled” by recent events.

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His departure will trigger a by-election and place Mr Morrison’s parliamentary majority at risk.

In explaining his decision, Mr Turnbull again took a thinly veiled swipe at his predecessor, Tony Abbott – who had been accused of undermining the government.

“Former prime ministers are best out of parliament not in it, and I think recent events best underline the value of that observation,” Mr Turnbull told party members on Monday, in a speech reported by multiple outlets.

Without Mr Turnbull, Mr Morrison will command 75 of a reduced 149 seats in the House of Representatives.

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