Australian PM Survives Vote of Confidence

Published: 09th February 2015 08:40 AM  |   Last Updated: 09th February 2015 08:40 AM   |  A+A-


Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott| AP/File photo


CANBERRA: Australia's ruling Liberal Party voted Monday morning to defeat a leadership spill motion, thereby retaining Tony Abbott in his role as the party leader and the country's prime minister.

But the margin of the party-room vote -- 61-39 -- was not emphatic enough to ensure Abbott's long-term future as prime minister.

Given that none of Abbott's colleagues had put their name forward as a leadership candidate, the vote effectively meant 39 Liberal Party MPs voted for no particular individual, just as a protest against the prime minister's embattled leadership.

Many commentators and political pundits felt Abbott needed a vote in the high 40s if he was to safely see off this internal party-room challenge to his leadership.

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