HEADLINE Australia's scandal-hit deputy prime minister steps down

HEADLINE

Australia's scandal-hit deputy prime minister steps down

Reuters

11:35, February 23, 2018

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Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce reacts as he sits in the House of Representatives at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, October 25, 2017. (Photo: VCG)

Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce said on Friday he will resign as leader of his party and will move to the backbench after weeks of pressure over an extra-marital affair with his former media secretary.

Joyce said he will step down on Monday as leader of the National party, the junior partner in Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s centre-right coalition. He will remain in parliament, safeguarding Turnbull’s shaky one-seat majority.

Joyce has been married for 24 years and has campaigned on "family values".


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