Trump congratulates new Australian leader: ‘No greater’ friend than Australia

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Scott Morrison was installed as Australia's seventh prime minister in 11 years Friday after a stunning party revolt against Malcolm Turnbull, which the new leader admitted had left the government "bruised and battered".

During a three-way vote, whoever comes last in the first round will be eliminated with a second round taking place to decide who becomes leader.

Incumbent Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who called the leadership meeting after losing the majority support of the party, opted not to contest the vote.

Australia's new Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday promised a stable government at the end of a tumultuous week in which his predecessor was forced out of office, 13 ministers resigned and Parliament was shut down for an afternoon.

Ms Ardern told reporters in Auckland this afternoon that she had just got off the phone to the new prime minister of Australia and had congratulated him on his new role.

Morrison, who was treasurer under outgoing prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, emerged the surprise victor in a three-way challenge for the leadership of the Liberal party brought on by a right-wing rival this week.

The Associated Press reports that the "revolving door" of prime ministers is "universally hated by Australians".

Turnbull said on Thursday he would step down and leave the parliament following the vote, potentially cracking the government's slender one-seat majority and leading to a byelection or even a general election. He also described Duttons actions as "madness" and "a determined insurgency".

Australia's prime minister says he will quit Parliament now the government has picked a replacement.


The crisis has started to hit the nation's financial markets, with the Australian dollar weakening as much as 1.5 per cent against the USA dollar on Thursday.

The Dutton forces circulated a petition to force the prime minister to call a Liberal partyroom meeting last night - a tactic used successfully by the Rudd forces in their final assault on Julia Gillard in 2013.

One minister was so disillusioned with the push to oust Turnbull that he took to Twitter to apologize to the Australian people.

We're looking at you, Peter Dutton from Texas.

"I mean, politics is a tough business", he said.

The dysfunction began when Turnbull was turfed out as leader of the then-opposition Liberal Party by his chief nemesis, arch conservative Tony Abbott in late 2009.

"It is a great privilege to serve in this important position, and our job is to deliver lower taxes, more jobs, and to grow the Australian economy to create better standards of living for all Australians".

"Australian voters have strongly opposed changes of leadership mid-term, especially when they think these are not necessary", he said.

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